WALK­ING CONNECTS YOU TO THE EARTH

Living Now - - Insight -

Be­sides the clear health ben­e­fits in circulation, breath­ing, dopamine re­lease to lighten your mood and gen­tle low im­pact ex­er­cise, walk­ing pro­vides time to think, to med­i­tate and to step out of the rapid pace of mod­ern life, out of the box of wind­screen, TV screen, com­puter screen and hand­held screen. When walk­ing be­comes a way of life the ben­e­fits am­plify. Mov­ing at an ul­ti­mately ‘hu­man’ pace re­sults in a wit­ness­ing of the world in mag­nif­i­cent de­tail, meet­ing peo­ple along the way, notic­ing beauty. When I be­gan to go ‘walkingour­world’ it was for Bal­ance, Peace and Free­dom – big con­cepts to pro­vide a sim­ple so­lu­tion for a world gone mad. BAL­ANCE with the en­vi­ron­ment by min­imis­ing the use of ve­hi­cles and step­ping more gen­tly; PEACE with each other by put­ting my­self into the hands and hearts of peo­ple right where they live; FREE­DOM to move from place to place, cross bor­ders, see the sights that oth­ers miss in their rush to get some­where. The sur­pris­ing thing is that more than 9,000 kilo­me­tres of walk­ing has de­liv­ered me per­sonal bal­ance as my two legs work in bal­anced unity; peace as my world has slowed to a pace where stress has ceased to ex­ist; free­dom by liv­ing an ex­tra­or­di­nary life, free of the pos­ses­sions and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties that once tied me to a se­cu­rity that I have learned is an il­lu­sion.

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