The term, solvitor ambulando, was used in one of the favourite blogs which I follow: 100 years walking. This was not a term I knew so, of course, the internet was consulted and Wikipedia informed me quite simply it ‘means: It is solved by walking. The problem is solved by a practical experiment’. The idea seems to have been generated centuries ago: ‘the 4th-century B.C. Greek philosopher Diogenes’s response to the question of whether motion is real — he got up and walked. “It is solved by walking.” As it turns out, there are many problems and paradoxes to which walking is the solution.’
I wonder how many readers use walking as a space to solve problems? I do not remember doing so – I always feel immersed in the moment and the landscape and the weather so that problems from that other world, what seems like the real world when walking, simply don’t count. They do not even come to mind.
Roman Payne is reported to have said ‘Wandering is the activity of the child, the passion of the genius; it is the discovery of the self, the discovery of the outside world, and the learning of how the self is both “at one with” and “separate from” the outside world. These discoveries are as fundamental to the soul as “learning to survive” is fundamental to the body. These discoveries are essential to realizing what it means to be human. To wander is to be alive.’ I couldn’t agree more.
This is beautifully expressed – and I couldn’t agree more. I have been ‘walking’ for many many years, all over the planet, but the best walking on earth is in Tasmania! The soles of my shoes enlighten my soul…
I love that sentiment – nevertheless some days when walking I feel the soles of my feet make the load heavier. For years, and regardless of my weight, my feet have hurt and made walking very difficult – apparently all the ‘suspension’ has gone. I remember crawling for a bit on the Overland Track a decade or so ago. But it is mind over matter, and with full concentration I can take each new step.
Walking for me helps me let go and I guess in that way it helps me solve problems. Good post for thought!!
Yes. Good point. Letting go is exactly what I do when walking. I am at the mercy of the elements and the landscape and I surrender to that.
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