Archive for ‘Wellness’

January 21, 2013

The Art of Walking

 The ancient art of walking

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREPeople with an office job walk on average three to five kilometres a week. The hunters and collectors in premodern cultures walked 20 to 40 kilometres every day. According to the blueprint of our body we are physically designed to do just that. However, we move ourselves primarily sitting in cars, trains and airplanes or within the virtual space of the internet. In the meantime our lives become faster and faster in many respects. Activities, processes, information and experiences become faster and more volatile. This combination of blazing acceleration on the one hand and morbid lack of physical exercise on the other is no good for us. Our body and mind tell us this much. The ancient art of walking helps us rediscover the natural human pace; the footstep. Step by step we find a new balance, and the flood of information and images transforms into a slow stream of impressions. It’s raining. I’m getting wet. A branch breaks under my foot. A bird flies away, startled. I feel the wind in my hair. I smell rotten leaves. I’m open to the unexpected and the intangible. I am here in the present moment.

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