The beauty of the Bristish countryside has always had a calming effect on me. Many years ago, I used to walk every day in a woodland, called Leith Hill. I was told subsequently, by a friend of mine, who was a geologist, that this area was a major hub for laylines. No wonder, I used to feel so refreshed both mentally and physically, after a long walk. The most beautiful time of year there, is the Spring, when the beech leaves start to unfurl. I would set off at about 8AM in the morning and get back by about 9:30AM, ready to start work as a freelance technical developer. During my walk, through the dappled early morning light of the beach, oak and silver birch, I would try to resolve how I would overcome my work challenges for the day. I can safely say that some of my best ideas and solutions to technical problems were thrashed out during this daily walk. And I know that if I had tried to overcome these issues, sitting in my office, my stress levels would have rocketed. Occasionally, I would inivite various clients and business associates to accompany me, on my walk. Again, these meetings on the hoof, were extremely productive & fun.
The point of this article, is to try to underline the importance of physical exercise and environmental stimulus, when trying to bring clarity within the mind.