Mindful Mondays, Walking, and Transportation as Health Care

The common good, public sidewalk infrastructure (assuming that we can include sidewalks as part of the public transportation infrastructure) and public healthcare, are all served when we walk, provided we live in  fully inclusive and safe neighborhoods.  But walking is more than that, and also more than just a carbon footprint reduction:

Walking, for me, stirs something. I think better, I feel better both physically and emotionally, and I may even get somewhere at the same time. Walking gives me a sense of calm, a sense of health, even a sense of quiet strength (especially after a man on the bus I’d thought I missed saw me running to catch it after it passed me and then waited at the next bus stop; his exclamation of “I saw you walking back two blocks ago: a strong woman! made my day!).

These are feelings, compliments and insights that I never got when I drove my little car. More importantly, when I walk, I have a sense of solidarity. I feel not only that I am reducing my carbon impact, but also that I am sharing in a very Human activity that has moved us, literally, from out of Africa to almost every continent on the planet. With our feet. And that feels good. It feels like making progress, every time I stand up, flex those muscles, and move forward. That feels like I can go somewhere under my own power, and so can every other human being blessed with the health and strength to be ambulatory.

Of course low-impact living is important to me, but walking goes so much farther than that. I feel myself healing, even when I rush to a job running late, literally jogging in my good middle-class work clothes. I feel safer under my own foot-power, and I feel like I am in solidarity with those who cannot or simply, like myself, wish not, to drive a motor vehicle rather than get there under my own steam. And walking is a harmonious tool for keeping both the body and the mind sound, or making it sound if it is not. We have always known this, but now we add walking as a tool for both environmental justice, and for social and economic justice:

Walking makes us Equal.   As Time Banking was invented to help do: walk the talk, equally.

That’s why I walk.

Read, Write, Dream, Walk !

October 1st, 12017 HE

So, it turns out that walking is still healthful and healing, in a variety of ways and for a variety of people and causes: let’s walk together, shall we?

Action Items:

1.) Search for two different walking routes to your local public library.

2.) Search for a train, light rail, or bus route to your main branch library.

3.) Share your thoughts on how a sidewalk might be designed to make walking safer for both pedestrians and drivers,

4.) Write a book, blog post or tweet that uses that idea, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. If you write a book, once published, please consider donating to your local public library.

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GR button:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם


December, 2020 CE = December 12020 HE

(The previous lesson 20/67 published since this post, and the most recent lesson 21/67…)

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0 thoughts on “Mindful Mondays, Walking, and Transportation as Health Care

  1. Beautiful essay about walking, dear Shira. There is a physiological explanation to the feeling you describe: any physical activity generates a surge of serotonin into your brain, making you happier than you have been before you started moving. The more moving, the more serotonin; thus the happier you will feel.
    Be happy, darling!
    Much love,

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      1. I hate to argue, but yes, it is a mere matter o movement. Try this: when you are feeling down, stand in front of the mirror and hold a smile for ten seconds. If you seriously don’t feel like smiling, stretch your mouth into a smile with your fingers. Unless you persist in defiantly proving me wrong, you will feel a little better. Repeat a few times, and you will feel, if not happy, then at least not distressed.
        I have calmed down kids going into a psychotic episode with this little exercise. I also did group therapy combined with yoga. It works.

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    1. Don’t forget that happiness is more than just serotonin and dopamine: it’s more than just a feeling, or maybe not. Maybe it is contentment and satisfaction that are the less fleeting versions of this happiness that comes and goes with a morning run or a walk in the park. That satisfaction with teaching someone a skill that will help other for a lifetime, or the contentment with knowing that one’s affairs are in order, after having accomplished a lifetime’s worth of building that will leave meaning for others. That is what I seek to feel.

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      1. You are very right; all those are sources of true happiness. Yet when all else fails, movement creates a physiological surge of artificial happiness, so to say, which is still better than going into depression.

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      2. I am not in a depression. I am, I will admit, still holding some repressed anger, and tired, but that is not the same thing as depression. When I do feel sad, down, or depressed, I find that writing helps, and meditation. And I do know very well what a real depression looks like, for me. That is when I need to go running, which I do. Believe me, I know well the cost of going into depression, which is why I do not allow myself to let it happen to me. Even if medication were required. But I have found that eating (as I tend not to eat when upset), running, and writing prevent the depression. The anger, on the other hand, is a different story.

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