CREATING MINDFULNESS BY WALKING

After re-reading the book DAILY RITUALS, HOW ARTISTS WORK by Mason Curry, I couldn’t help but notice how many creative people had a daily walking habit.

Beethoven walked with a pencil and musical papers to record what came to him.

Kiekegaard, the philosopher, was be so full of ideas upon returning from his daily walk around Copenhagen, he’d begin writing upon returning, standing up without taking off his hat (or putting down his umbrella).

Sigmund Freud’s son once commented his fathers daily walks were more like a march (I guess they definitely were NOT a stroll).

Both Emily Dickenson and Charles Dickens often walked three hours a day.

Mahler walked daily for up to five hours and frequently his wife Alma went along.

William Faulkner, composer Eric Satie, author Richard Wright and Franz Shubert was dedicated walkers.

Tchaikosvky took a walk in the morning for 45 minutes and another walk for 2-3 hours in the afternoon.

DeKoonig walked Manhatten at night.

There must be something to walking! While I live in a city, I am surrounded by nature. I noticed things I had never seen before in my neighborhood (and I’ve lived here almost 20 years!).  Below are some of the things I saw.

The beginning.

The beginning.

There are great patterns in the pavement.

There are great patterns in the pavement.

Love these flowers!

Love these flowers!

A hidden bench

A hidden bench

Blackberries - in July?

Blackberries – in July?

A hidden stream

A hidden stream

A hidden lake

A hidden lake

But, there's no place like home

But, there’s no place like home

Atticus and Ziggy waiting for me!

Atticus and Ziggy waiting for me!

I found walking very meditative. And, I was able to practice my word of the year.  See it in the picture below in my studio!

My word of the year for 2016 "mindfulness"

My word of the year for 2016 “mindfulness”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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