11 thoughts on “A walk in the woods

  1. I’m hoping it will. I read it here: http://therumpus.net/2010/02/take-a-hike/
    This is what he says, mainly: “It’s called Attention Restorative Theory, and the idea behind it is that when you go for a walk in, say, the woods, you’re using a more subtle “involuntary attention” when looking at things like sunsets or squirrels. When you’re in the city, you’re always avoiding that asshole bicyclist, stepping over that pile of human poo, or spending your brain power ignoring the Rottweiler barking at you in the window. Because your “direct attention” is always focused, your prefrontal cortex is always on overdrive, and you end up not being as good at things that you need “direct attention” for, like learning at school or solving problems you haven’t faced before or resolving conflict. And if a simple walk through the city overwhelms us, I can’t even imagine what the Internet does.

    In other words, if you don’t take some time to look at a sunset, your brain never gets a break, and that’s not good.”
    We could all do with some walking!


  2. Absolutely. But it’s too cold these days to walk in the woods without being conscious of the icy wind piercing the skin – so I too am Waiting For Spring. (I’m at around a thousand kms south of where you live, and we are still facing sub-zero temperatures.)


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