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Walking is integral for creativity and creative thinkers like Albert Einstein, William Wordsworth, Virginia Woolf, Walter Benjamin and Soren Kierkegaard, all consummate walkers, swear by it.

They testified that walking let them use the pool of ideas, arguments, equations, visions, formulas and stories bubbling within them, that would otherwise stay out of their reach.

Overall as a society, we seem to have lost that urge to enjoy the simple joy of pedestrian wanderings.

The car phenomenon has taken us over, and along with it other distractions provided by the radio, the cell phone and angry exchanges between drivers. So much so, we now hardly have any peace and quiet in our lives that encourage a healthy and active imagination.

This is especially dreadful for the writers of f iction and literature, who have to rely on their unsullied imagination that draws inspiration from their unconscious to create characters and their dialogues, stories, relationships…

By returning to simple act of walking, one could reconnect with their imaginative sides and also with the quiet places within us. Walking has long been use a meditation tool for Buddhist practices, which helps to create brain waves that stimulate us to be more open toward the world around us.

Walking does not necessarily have to be in open spaces, or in the rugged nature. It could be simply to get out, alone and silent, concentrating on what our senses are telling us.

The scent of drying laundry, of babbling televisions that you can see flickering from the houses you pass, the biting cold or wind on your face, the sensation your legs feel as they meet the concrete, the way your arms swing by your side. Take in the thoughts coming to your head and keep on letting them go free, as easily as they came to you.

Take a deep breath. And then if you have something you are working on, let it be a plot point, an essay, fleshing out a character, a marketing campaign… simply let the ideas come in to you without any force. Its highly likely that within five or ten minutes of walking, the floodgates of your imagination will break open…

By FW Editor


Category: Others  - ( Others Archive)

Date Added: 27 February '10

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