Daily Touch of Inspirations

June 21st: Take a walk

Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living

We should take wandering outdoor walks, so that the mind might be nourished and refreshed by the open air and deep breathing. —Seneca, On Tranquility of Mind, 17.8


In a notoriously loud city like Rome, it was impossible to get much peace and quiet. The noises of wagons, the shouting of vendors, the hammering of a blacksmith —all filled the streets with piercing violence (to say nothing of the putrid smells of a city with poor sewage and sanitation). So philosophers went on a lot of walks —to get where they needed to go, to clear their heads, to get fresh air.

Throughout the ages, philosophers, writers, poets, and thinkers have found that walking offers additional benefit —time and space for better work. As Nietzsche would later say: "It is only ideas gained from walking that have any worth."

Today, make sure you take a walk. And in the future, when you get stressed or overwhelmed, take a walk. When you have a tough problem to solve or a decision to make, take a walk. When you want to be creative, take a walk. When you need some exercise, take a long walk. When you have a meeting or a friend over, take a walk together.

Nourish yourself and your mind and solve your problems along the way.

 

The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom Perseverance and Art of Living

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