As a regular reader of my blog, you probably live a healthy lifestyle. You probably feel great most of the time. But sometimes life pisses you in the face with shit. Other times you just feel a little weak, passionless, or empty inside. Then it’s time to go outside for a walk.
Either get after it or get your ass outside!
When you experience a craving for shitty food, for a toxic substance, for a distant person, or for mindless entertainment, then quit what you’re doing and go outside for a walk. Immediately.
When you catch yourself procrastinating on YouTube, on social media, or wherever on or off the Internet, then quit what you’re doing and go outside for a walk. Immediately.
When you’re trapped in your mind, in depression or anxiety, in rumination or worry, in thoughts about the past or plans about the future, then quit what you’re doing and go outside for a walk. Immediately.
Walking will set you straight.
Walking outside is medicine for your bodymind. It kills rumination and worry, cools your mind, and frees your body and soul from the inconspicuous strain of artificial walls and ceilings.
Walking connects you with your primal nature, with your body that evolved for walking on two feet, with your sense organs that need to sense more than indoor temperatures, lifeless furniture, and virtual stimuli, and with the present moment that’s easier to immerse yourself in under the open sky.
A craving is an I want that’s out of line with your True Will. If it were in line with it, it would be a purpose. Procrastination is an I want of your impulsive will, which is the opposite of your True Will. Obsessive thoughts aren’t connected to any strong Will, but walking realigns you with the purpose of your True Will.
Walking also fills your soul with contentment by teaching you social frugality and the joy of solitude. But that’s for another blog post. You should learn how to walk first.
How to walk
- Left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot,…
- You can do that without having a phone on you.
- Instead of heading for a specific goal, just take step after step and observe.
Keep in mind that walking is meditation: time doesn’t exist. You’re done when you’re done. You’re done when you’re healed. Mentally.