Walking is an evergreen exercise. From the time we as human beings learn to use our two limbs to walk on this beautiful earth, we are ushered into the infinite possibilities of movement. The ability to walk helps us to seek and discover. It helps us to face and experience the elements in their finest form. As we walk and take our body alongside with us on a stroll we get our entire body accompanying ourselves in a sojourn to new and exciting realms.
Ever since I ready the biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, where in he mentions how Steve held official meetings walking barefoot near his office with other guests, I tried to picturize how one of the most remarkable men of the 20th century was able to accentuate his passion to building great things just because he walked. Walking is a tremendous and fascinating exercise of the soul. It helps us feel the earth and align ourselves with the rhythms of the universe.
I have always believed that we are nothing but cosmic dust. Our bodies have forever been considered as vessels for our souls. When we die, our bodies are either cremated or buried. In both cases the physical body returns to earth and the soul leaves the body. By walking we move our body and our ‘being’ (read soul) along with in — aligning itself with the universe. When we are one with the universe- that is when magic flows and happens.
In the book Alchemist by Paulo Coelho there is this famous quote — If you really want something, the whole universe conspires to get it for you. If we are nothing but cosmic dust and if the universe consists of this cosmic dust, think about this — should not we too be having the universe within us? Are we the universe? The entire universe is believed to be expanding at any given point of time. The second law of thermodynamics asserts this entropy. Life is never constant — even if you think it is not taking you anywhere, it is actually in motion. Never ending motion. If you consider the analogous nature of everything we know so far from life and the universe, we are in motion whether we realise it or not.
Now think for a moment- by walking and feeling us walking we may be experiencing that motion, that entropy which has defined the universe for ever.
In understanding the infinite and moving accordingly we get to feel and understand what the universe is- why we were created in the first place and why there may never be any species like us anymore.
We are unique because we are made for movement.