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The relationship between walking and writing

Walking organizes our world around us. Writing organizes our thoughts.

In a forest, our brain must survey the surrounding environment, make a mental map of the world, choose a way forward and create that plan into a series of footsteps. In writing the brain has to review its own landscape, find a way through that mental terrain, and write down the resulting trail of thoughts.

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It is quite obvious that we will be most comfortable at the place we originated and we finally take abode, i.e. nature.

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