Saturday, June 14, 2014

Soren Kierkegaard on Walking

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Soren Kierkegaard, from a letter he wrote in 1847:

“Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Everyday, I walk myself into a state of well-being & walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it. But by sitting still, & the more one sits still, the closer one comes to feeling ill. Thus if one just keeps on walking, everything will be all right.”

I do love what this guy had to say about walking. Of course, in his day, the alternative was a horse or carriage. But I'm a firm believer in the fact that walking everyday is the best exercise, and fundamental to any other type exercise program. Even a runner should spend a period of time each day simply walking--it will improve one's running, also. At least that was my experience.

And of course, I think walking (alone) to be the most contemplative exercise, kind of meditation in motion. It does provide the opportunity for clearing one's mind, or focused thought either one. Or, perhaps the chance to alternate freely between the two states of focused and defocused thought, which I have found is part of my personal creative process.

Or, maybe, as Raymond Inmon wrote, "If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk."

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