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Walking: Inner Journey, Outer Progress

Walking has to be one of the lamest-sounding activities that I love.

I know, I know.  I love actually a lot of lame activities, like cross-stitching and watching British Romantic Dramas with a Strong Female Lead on Netflix.

But walking. I mean, I get it. I do. When you say you’re going hiking people think you’re adventurous and rugged and probably own a compass. Running is even cooler; it involves sports watches and tops with moisture-wicking fabric technology. When you say you’re going walking, people think you’re so unathletic that you’re only capable of moving across flat surfaces, like a Roomba.

Walking is the most underrated hobby, and, in my opinion, meditation tool. We could all benefit from a little more time to reflect.

I love this quotation by Rebecca Solnit, surely a kindred nerdy spirit because she wrote a book called Wanderlust: a History of Walking:

“…Solitary walks express the independence that literally takes the heroine out of the social sphere of the houses and their inhabitants, into a larger, lonelier world where she is free to think: walking articulates both physical and mental freedom.”

She’s referencing the essential walks that all Jane Austen heroines take in order to get away from their matchmaking moms and form strategies to escape a world of rules and games. For Elizabeth Bennet and Anne Elliot, the physical act of walking through the countryside is a tool for journeying deeper into the psyche.

Is this idea that strange? The increasing popularity of standing desks and movable workstations is a reminder that as a species we think best when we’re allowed to move. When my mental energy is about to burst out of me, I channel it like the iconic Magician in the Tarot deck, with one wand raised to heaven to catch divine inspiration, and the other directed toward the earth, to ground it in concrete action. I take a walk.

But you need a good space for a walk. If William Wordsworth was concerned two hundred years ago that “the world is too much with us,” he would definitely keel over today into the trashcan of the nearest Starbucks. You need to get away from the noise, the traffic and the cement. You need a green space.

So take yourself somewhere green and don’t measure your pace, your distance, or your destination. Then…just let your thoughts drift. You’ll be surprised what you learn.

Where are your favorite walks?

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