The best of my ideas usually come to me when I walk.
I love to walk trough unknown territory. Not is there only the excitement of adventure, my experiences while walking also add a little something to my thoughts.
A good friend of mine once introduced me to the idea that if you body wanders, so does your mind. In a way, walking can be great to move your thought processes forward.
A while after my friend opened my eyes to this perspective, I read a comprehensive article on why we walk by Adam Gopnik.
In his text, the author looks at walking from different historical perspectives. I found especially the European culture interesting, where walking is often seen as individual activity to help you clear your head and let your mind wander. Gopnik compares it to the Eastern tradition of meditation.
Personally, I can find myself mostly using individual walking as a way of meditative
thinking. It becomes especially interesting when I want to come up with creative ideas
As I walk I constantly get new sensory input, giving me unexpected,
randomized influences on my thoughts and helping me to look at a problem from
different, fresh perspectives. I often come up with unexpected, creative ideas on a good walk.
Walking to me, is a way of having new experiences and thoughts, to widen
my perspective, as well as an opportunity to reflect on my daily life.
What does walking mean to you? Do you also find yourself using walking to escape your daily life sometimes?