I just finished reading an interview featuring a very gifted artist. Amongst his other comments, he underlined the importance of mental and physical balance. One colleague, upon seeing the man’s most private project, asked how he could possibly be sane and produce such work.
The answer? Martial arts. In this artist’s case, that translated to thirty years practicing Kung Fu and several also instructing. His peer replied in the manner of “Ah! Of course.” They both understood that physical discipline grounded him to the real world.
While the most remedial martial arts routine would probably put me in agony the next day, walking is an activity most of us can quite easily undertake. The key lies in making time.
On a scale I find achievable, Julia Cameron’s “Walking in This World” teachings promote weekly walks. She advocates thirty minutes or more, and doing it more than once if we feel so motivated. I find the activity lets me enjoy my surroundings and/or muse over blessings. When I suffer impotent anger, it helps clear away obsession over little injustices.
For nearly a month, I’ve reincorporated regular workouts on my ski machine alongside walking. Feeling a bit more fit, I want to keep the momentum going. I have never obtained the enviable endorphin high such as I’ve heard marathon runners extol, but my small accomplishments give me a definite mental boost.
What type of exercise are you getting or might consider undertaking? I hope you can make the effort and reap the rewards. Just be safe if you’re walking an icy path or attempting something physically advanced. Equally important, enjoy yourself.