On most days the thought of getting lost is laced with anxiety and anger, we are a people who have a need for structure and losing ourselves in the world definitely does not fit into that.
But sometimes getting lost is just what we need.
Whether it’s taking a wrong turn and discovering a beautiful spot in a city we have lived in our whole lives and never taken the time to fully explore, or travelling through a new country and just letting the flow take us wherever.
There is a certain magic to routine, it’s generally what helps us achieve big goals, but when we are stuck there is nothing more useful than smashing that routine to pieces and forcing ourselves into uncomfortable situations, a sort of mindfulness practice that pushes us to be in the moment and really allow our subconscious to work through issues without the constant nagging of our conscious mind.
So if you’re feeling unsure of what you need to do, go out and get a little lost, it’ll probably be the best decision you’ve ever made.
There are a multitude of stressors in our modern society.
Work, friends, family, traffic, there never seems to be an end to the swarm of little irritations that can pile up on you daily.
Many people escape this chronic stress by distracting themselves with social media, tv shows, alcohol, drugs, and fawning over their dogs.
I would argue that a much better way to relieve that stress is taking a simple walk, preferably in nature. Our brains have developed to expect the calm of a forest or plain, it wants us to walk in silence and just be in the moment, to revel in the solitude of our minds.
It’s when we take some time without constant inputs of information and just let the mind empty that our subconscious can really work out problems and grow. This is how creativity blossoms, not during a never ending stream of instagram videos and netflix binges.
I think the world would be a little bit better to live in if we all just took some more walks.
Try it, you just might like it.
There are a myriad of ways to move.
Walking, running, dance, parkour, dozens of sports and many more ways to express ourselves.
But as a society we have forgotten the simplest way of moving; play.
Rolling around, shifting and gyrating our bodies on the ground and through the air. Simply allowing ourselves to go through every motion the body is capable of and really feeling every part of our system.
It is at once both a way of training but also of meditation. Really deeply connecting with ourselves and letting emotions flow through us and out through simple movement.
It is a remembrance of our animal self, our wildness, the spirituality of existence within these incredible bodies we inhabit.
We’re slowly losing this connection, and we must do everything we can to regain it.
Get moving people.