Since you are a willpowerlife.com reader (and because you’re reading this article about creativity) I will venture to guess that you have an artists’ soul. You’re intuitive. You think and you really, really feel. You care about your health, you care about the environment, you care about the people around you… In general, you care deeply about life! You also care deeply about your work — you may be a writer, an artist, a student, a doctor, a teacher, or a stay at home parent. Whoever you are and whatever you do, you need to THINK and CREATE in your vocation… But sometimes you feel stuck.
Most of us have struggled with the feeling of being “stuck” at one time or another. It can be frustrating, defeating, and exhausting if you struggle against it. I have a simple solution: The best way to get “unstuck” is to go for a walk.
The simple act of walking grounds you — literally ROOTS you — to the earth. Walking allows you to absorb the earth’s energy, soaking up her sheer power and ancient strength. This is especially true when wearing minimalist footwear. Feeling every pebble beneath your feet gets you out of your head and into your body, allowing you to focus on the present moment.
The rhythmic motion of walking is almost like rocking — it takes you back to your infancy, when life was fresh and new and uncomplicated. I am convinced that this is the reason ideas spring into my mind whenever I walk.
Do as I do: Let your mind go, and soon you’ll be struck by idea after great idea.
You may be on a deadline, but remember: Walking is not a waste of time. Rather, it can be a sanity saver, a flint that sparks creativity, or a study break that will leave your mind open and ready for more.
When walking, carry a notepad and stop to record your thoughts as needed. You do not want to spend your peaceful walk repeating a thought over and over so it won’t be forgotten! Let the thoughts flow in, write them down, and move on.
Want proof that this works? This blog post (and most of my other articles/posts) are the result of a brisk walk on an early autumn day.
“Has modern society lost a measure of its spiritual awareness because we take so little time to walk? In not allowing ourselves time to slow down, to be close to the earth around us, have we become impervious to a God who chooses to reveal Himself through His creation?”
― Amy Litzelman
“That kind of walk is nice when it happens, but I’ll take four minutes now and then over being butt-stapled to a chair all day long.”
― Robert Michael Pyle
Note: All quotes are from the following source: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/walking