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Walking

Walking is a panacea, a remedy for almost all your woes!?

Walking is like a universal panacea. It has so many health benefits, physical, mental and spiritual. It supports sexual health, including being a great remedy for erectile dysfunction. It helps de-escalate anger and agitated emotions. It connects us to Nature, soothing our soul.

Walking in the Sun

Exercise needed? Walking is a very low-cost and simple way to get your daily exercise.
Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.” (Thomas Jefferson)

Weight issues? A 30 minute walk prevents weight gain in sedentary people. Walk more than 30 minutes and you are losing fat and weight (Duke University).

Tone your butt? Yes please? Read how at wikiHow by walking...

Sexual issues? Regular exercise enhances sexual health. A brisk daily walk suffices!

Erectile dysfunction? In one study, 67% of men raised their game by walking (no longer needed Viagra).

Relationship issues? Go for a long walk together and let the stream of consciousness flow. This can really help says Nathan Seaward (21m30s).

Health issues? Walking has so many physical health benefits (e.g. see here, here).
Perhaps combine walking and nature. Practise forest bathing/shinrin-yoku. A 90 minute hike through woodland twice a week boosts your immunity by 46% (Nippon Medical School cited in Men’s Health, August 2009, p.26). 
“Walking is man’s best medicine.” (Hippocrates)


Man on Forest Walk, to the Sun

In a bad mood/need happiness? A 10 minute walk has been shown to boost brain chemistry, to create happiness.
Lovely days don't come to youyou should walk to them.” (Rumi)

Going through hell? Keep walking!
"If you are going through hell... keep on going." (Sir Winston Churchill)

Seeking a long life?
“The secret to living well and longer is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple and love without measure.” (Tibetan proverb)

Searching for answers to problems?
“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” (John Muir)

Creativity dried up?
All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” (Friedrich Nietzsche)

Fancy a laugh? Try out 'The Ministry of Silly Walks':



Require angelic inspiration?
If you are seeking creative ideasgo out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.” (Raymond Inmon)

Blessing required?
“An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day
.” (Henry David Thoreau)

Lost in life?
If, like Dante (Inferno, Canto I), midway through life, you awake to find yourself within a dark forest, and the straightforward path has been lost, here are some suggestions:-
  • "Traveller, there is no path, paths are made by walking." (Antonio Machado)
  • "As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears." (Hillwalk Tours)
If still in doubt, walk with/to the Stars and the Sun!
  • "If you follow your star, you cannot fail to reach a glorious harbour" (Dante, Inferno, Canto XV)
  • "Walk with the sun until your shadow disappears." (Hillwalk Tours)
Silhouette of man in dark forest, sun in back ground - Walk to the Sun!

Need a miracle?
“To walk
 into nature is to witness a thousand miracles.” (Mary Davis)

Want to totally transform your life? Go on a Pilgrimage!
There are many pilgrimage sites, but perhaps the best known modern walking pilgrimage is El Camino de Santiago, from your home (or other European starting point) to Santiago de Compostela in NW Spain.

  • 'A pilgrimage is a journey, often into an unknown or foreign place, where a person goes in search of new or expanded meaning about their self, others, nature, or a higher good, through the experience. It can lead to a personal transformation, after which the pilgrim returns to their daily life.' (Wikipedia, accessed 3 November 2020)
  • "A trek or a mountaineering feat is always about achievement, to make yourself bigger than who you are. But a pilgrimage is about dissolution, to subdue yourself and become nothing, No-thing." (Sadhguru)
  • 'Pilgrimage had shown me what was radical about the wandering life, as on the road all tokens of status were left behind.' (Guy StaggThe Crossway)
  • "Pilgrims are poets who create by taking journeys." (H. Richard Niebuhr)
  • "The object of pilgrimage is not rest and recreation – to get away from it all. To set out on a pilgrimage is to throw down a challenge to everyday life." (Huston Smith)
  • "We don't think about pilgrimage in this country. We don't think about meditation. The idea of taking a six-week walk is totally foreign to most Americans. But it's probably exactly what we need." (Emilio Estevez, US actor)
Feet of Buddhist monk walking on rose petals

Grow your innate goodness?
“One of our old, old holy men said, ‘Every step you take upon the earth should be a prayer. The power of a pure and good soul is planted as a seed in every person’s heart, and will grow as you walk in a sacred manner.’”
(Charmaine White Face of
Sioux nation, cited in Native American Wisdom by Alan Jacobs, p.159)

Concerned for Mother Earth? Walking more (i.e. using fossil fuel transport less) will reduce air pollution, reverse manmade climate change and save the environment.
“Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.” (Thich Nhat Hanh)

Dog difficulties? Keep your dog happy with a walk. It is the foundation of dog training. Ensure dog is calm. Then lead calmly and assertively (i.e. not with tech or other distraction, and not with the dog leading you!). Read more here, here.
  • "90% of the connection with a dog is walking." (Cesar Millan paraphrase, The Dog Whisperer, Series 1, Episode 2, ‘Opie and Flirt’)
  • "Walking is one of the most primal activities you can do with a dog." (Cesar Millan paraphrase, The Dog Whisperer, Series 1, Episode 1, ‘Nunu and Kane’)
  • "The single most important activity you can take part in with your dog is the walk. Walking is how they become a pack. Walking bonds dogs, makes them friends. Walking is the main cure for dogs (45 minutes per day minimum).(Cesar Millan)
Sunset walk with dog and friend

Yes, walking is a Panacea!!
  • Above alldo not lose your desire to walk. Every day, I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts.” (Søren Kierkegaard)
  • "The sum of the whole is this: walk and be happy; walk and be healthy. The best way to lengthen out our days is to walk steadily and with a purpose." (Charles Dickens)
Feet leave footprints where sea and beach meet

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