What walking teaches us
Fourth century Greek philosopher Diogenes once said "it is solved by walking" ("solvitur ambulando"). It was his response to the question of whether motion is real. He got up and walked. Diogenes sounds like my kind of man; well, apart from the living in a barrel. The words have since come to mean that the answer to a problem can usually be found by a practical experiment. But I like to interpret them more literally because I find them to be true. Walking has solved so many things for me, … [Read more...] about Top ten things walking has taught me: #3
When I return from my second year of Camino walking in 2015, I decide that I want to tackle the lack of navigational skills that are one facet of my dyspraxia. Through walking I’ve acquired both an awareness of the scope of my inabilities and the confidence to tackle them. I ask my friend Sarah who’s a trained mountain guide and owns a retreat farm in the Black Mountains of Wales if she’ll give me some lessons. After an introduction to the basics and some preliminary … [Read more...] about Top ten things walking has taught me: #2
Walking would seem to be the flavour of the day. Type that word into any search engine and you'll be rewarded with a gazillion choices from walking for health and fitness, to MP3 downloads for walkers, to walking tours of the world's greatest cities. But are we more interested in researching walking than doing it? Has walking fallen out of fashion? According to figures from Department of Transport surveys, an average person in England walks less than half a mile a day. That figure is … [Read more...] about Walking more: what could it do for us?
Walking is the most natural, most primal activity on the planet. And it can teach us much of a profound and life-enhancing nature. I'd like to claim that thought as my own, but, as is so often the case, the ancient Greeks got there first. Diogenes, the one known as "the cynic", proclaimed: 'It is solved by walking'. This has come to mean that the answer to a problem can usually be found by a practical experiment. For me though, it's also true that the problems going round and round in … [Read more...] about Top ten things walking has taught me: # 1