People are commenting on their inability to focus and move projects forward during the pandemic. Work, home-schooling, personal care and safety have all converged into smaller footprints. Bonnie Smith Whitehouse, an English professor at Belmont University in Tennessee, has a marvelously simple answer…Go back to the classics, Solvitur ambulando, a latin phrase loosely translated, to “It is solved by walking.”
Whitehouse is not alone in her “contention that walking is the key to health, well-being, and creativity.” Her “interactive journal” for walking, Afoot and Lighthearted, is a “charming and aesthetic ode to the classic constitutional” of walking. She gathers quotes and ideas from great walkers to inspire fellow walkers into clarity, inspiration, calm and direction.
She references great thinkers and walkers such as: Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Marily Oppezzo and Daniel Schwartz, The Positive Effects of Walking on Creativity, Janisse Ray, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, William Blake, Auguries of Innocence, and John Muir, “between every two pine trees there is a door, leading to a new way of life”.
Benefits of Walking
Walking relaxes and re-energizes the body by giving the muscles a workout and increases blood circulation throughout the body. It exercises your mind, helping oxygen and glucose to reach your brain. This helps to calm the mind, enhance mental clarity and sharpen thinking. ” Have you been needing any of those things lately?
My experience has been that walking coaching sessions spark creative ideas for my clients. Metaphors from the land spark ingenuity and insight. Seasonal changes drive life transition analogies that result in fresh perspectives and a renewed comfort with change. Visual metaphors, such as a towering tree, can metaphorically and visually unlock people’s ability to cast a vision of a purpose driven life. Lastly, deep breathing that results from a walk allows people to be their most authentic self.
Walking coaching is a reprieve from the computer, Zoom and Zoom Fatigue. There are two options. One, meet in person in the Bay Area and we walk at a safe, social distance. Or, meet on the phone with our headsets on as we “take a walk” together from quiet corners in our neighborhoods. Clients from Texas hills, Florida beaches, Massachusetts town centers, and New Hampshire lakes have joined me on phone walking coaching sessions.
Is a Walking Coaching Session for You?
If you are interested in trying a walking session. contact me for a complimentary 30 minute coaching session. All you have to do is put on some walking shoes and join me from wherever you are. An urban park, a quiet neighborhood, a beach or a forested trail all work for a walking coaching session. We’ll set a couple of goals and discover together how the secrets of our landscapes can often unlock great energy, focus, clarity and direction.
“All great thoughts are conceived while walking.” Friedrich Nietzsche