“A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.” Paul Dudley White.
The human mind is rarely quiet. Questions, ideas, and plans seem to pass through our consciousness without much order or purpose sometimes. This profusion can be good, but it can also be distracting or cause us to worry. Knowing how to clear your mind can help with anxiety, depression, and even problems sleeping.
I like what I call walking meditation. Walking meditation is exactly what it sounds like: Using the openness and beauty of nature to inspire calm, positive thoughts in the brain. Be like Henry David Thoreau, walking through the wilderness and planning the site of your cabin-to-be. Or imagine you're Carl Linnaeus, the Swedish scientist, who classified many plants and animals. Being outside on a warm sunny day can do wonders for your disposition, so can a beautiful autumn day, or a frosty winter’s day.
I walk every morning with my dogs. Once someone said to me, “You’re lucky you have the time, I have to go to work!” Truth is I get up soon after 5am and get a couple of hours of work done before my children leave for school. Then, I walk for at least an hour to clear my head before starting to work again. It’s easy to say “I don’t have time!” yet the people who say this usually have time to watch television or surf Facebook and the internet.
Napoleon Hill had the following to say: “First of all, let us analyse the twenty-four hours a day which each of us have at our disposal. We have eight hours for sleep and you can’t do anything about that because nature demands that price for your health and your welfare. Then we have eight hours for work as a rule. We need that for making a living and for accumulating money for old age protection and so forth. Then we have eight hours for recreation and spare time activities. These hours are our own, we can do with them as we please. Now the sixteen hours allotted to work and sleep are on the must list and often may be partially or wholly out of the control of the individual for whatever use it is desired. In these eight hours will be the cause of both success and failure depending upon the use made of them.”
We should all take the time to relax our minds and exercise our bodies. People who don’t are self-saboteurs. So many illnesses these days are caused by people not taking care of their own health.
Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and 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. ~Søren Kierkegaard.