Go Deeper... and Live a Big, Juicy Life
To steady your busy mind, focus on your breath. Pay attention to the sounds around you, the pulses within you. Feel the soles of your feet as you take every step.
Why bother? Because, as Thoreau explained 150 years ago in an essay on the spiritual value of walking, walking without presence of mind is a missed opportunity to feel the soul and connect to your essential wildness. (This is why we still read and cherish Thoreau.)
"I am alarmed when it happens that I have walked a mile into the woods bodily, without getting there in spirit," he wrote.
Where's your spirit when you walk? To impact your well-being on a deeper level, resolve to be here now. Maybe not every walk, maybe just once or twice a week.
MAKE YOUR LIFE WIDE RATHER THAN LONG (Seneca)
"It's not that we have a short time to live," Seneca wrote about 2,000 years ago, "but that we waste a lot of it." (And this was before 24/7 connectivity to news, sports, games and cute cat videos.)
Many of us coast through our lives "in a trance of passivity and busyness," Popova writes, "mistaking the doing for the being."
Seneca agrees. In his treatise "On the Shortness of Life," he writes, "Putting things off is the biggest waste of time."
Don't squander your time, he advises, because you never know how much you have. "The whole future lies in uncertainty; live immediately."
What if you resolved to "live immediately" in 2018? What are you putting off for later that would make your life richer, more meaningful and satisfying right now?