“An Eskimo [Inuit] custom offers an angry person release by walking the emotion out of his or her system in a straight line across the landscape; the point at which the anger is conquered is marked with a stick, bearing witness to the strength or length of the rage.”
― Lucy R. Lippard, Overlay: Contemporary Art and the Art of Prehistory
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Perhaps this expression is more literal than we thought –
Here’s what it means:
Being in motion makes us smarter, and being smarter allows us to move more efficiently.
Here’s the scientific hypothesis:
Jogging after prey helped to drive human brain evolution. A million years ago, we could out-run and out-walk most other mammals over long distances. Our brains were shaped and sharpened by movement. We continue to require regular physical activity in order for our brains to function optimally.
There are many studies.
Here’s a finding:
Regular exercise, even walking, leads to more robust mental abilities, beginning in childhood and continuing into old age.
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Need encouragement? Consider these wise conclusions from experienced travelers. Then ponder their words, on foot…
“Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow”. (Henry David Thoreau)
“I have walked myself into my best thoughts.” (Søren Kierkegaard)
“The rhythm of walking generates a kind of rhythm of thinking, and the passage through a landscape echoes or stimulates the passage through a series of thoughts. This creates an odd consonance between internal and external passage, one that suggests that the mind is also a landscape of sorts and that walking is one way to traverse it.” (Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust)
“It is solved by walking.” (St. Augustine)
Picture Source: http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/09/26/photos-of-the-day-sept-26-2011/