Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Therapy of walking (H3)
No matter where you are or what you are doing while you walk, walking is therapeutic. Sure, walking from class to class in the heat at beginning of the semester was anything but therapeutic, but the early walk in the morning for me has become a point of healing and therapy. My walk from the Greenhouse lot to my 8am class across the campus started out as a dreadful event that burned my shins and rubbed the backs of my ankles raw. The more I walked, however, the more I began to take part in deep thought and admiration for the sights around me. Since I work out three or four times a week, this early walk helps stretch my sore legs in preparation for my next workout. I've even started getting to campus earlier so I can walk longer to sort out any troubling thoughts or problems I've had. Walking as the sun rises creates all of the perfect conditions of a productive walk, or just walking for the sake of movement. Walking is a joy, as explained in Chapter 16 of The Philosophy of Walking, "...[E]xecuting with ease something difficult that has taken time to master, asserting the faculties of the mind and the body. Joys of thought when it finds and discovers, joys of the body when it achieves without effort..." There really is a sort of 'cosmic rebirth' after a long walk that creates a feeling of victory and cause for repetition.