EarthDecember 6, 2012 at 8:52 am | Posted in Body, Mind, Nature, Recreation, Senses, Touch, Treatment | 6 Comments
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Chances are you live in your head far more than your body.
While a rich mental life offers entertaining discourse with superior company, you can have too much of a good thing.
At the most practical level, your body is a life-support system for your brain.
Serving the latter to the detriment of the former ultimately compromises both.
Though all impulses may screech to the contrary, it’s vital to shift your corporeal form.
The trick is to find a (probably solo) exercise you enjoy.
Swimming is ideal, but unsuited to warmer months.
Walking is a good year-round alternative.
If you can find a large grassed oval that’s deserted at inconvenient times, you’re in for a treat.
At first, the prospect of circling with nothing but your protesting mind may daunt.
To ease yourself in, try downloading fascinating documentaries to an iPod or some such.
Acquiring facts is a great way to silence your inner voice.
Once you’re in the swing, take the next step.
Take off your runners and walk barefoot.
At once, the 2D green disc you’ve been traipsing will become a 3D sensory adventure.
Suddenly, you’ll detect every nuance of the turf.
After rain, you’ll feel the little mounds worms made overnight.
When the sprinklers are on, you’ll slosh through puddles and streams.
When it’s dry, you’ll scale tiny sand dunes.
Soon you’ll realise the oval has a camber to aid drainage.
And that a barely perceptible tilt creates a particularly lush spot.
Each time you pass through this, the grass will remind you that, while still an etherial being, you’re definitely of this Earth.
Literally and metaphorically rooting yourself in the real world is an ideal counter to a busy brain.
And the fitness you gain will keep the relationship healthy.
If you’re lucky enough to live by the sea, the benefits of walking barefoot increase a thousandfold.
So close that book, put down that bottle, turn off that screen and
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