THE NEW YORKER RECENTLY PUBLISHED AN ARTICLE titled, “Why Walking Helps Us Think.” Writer Ferris Jabr includes lots of historical evidence and fascinating facts to support this premise. I bet you could add your own empirical corroboration; I know I could. Time and again, when my writing gets stalled or my thinking gets stuck, my best solution is to don a pair of walking shoes and hit the trail. It’s almost crazy how reliable this method of unknotting mental knots has proven—for me, and for many, many others. In fact, a daily walk—on one’s own—is part of Julia Cameron’s Artist’s Way prescription for enhancing personal creativity.
Solvitur ambulando, St. Augustine said. “It is solved by walking.”