Back when I studied for the bar (many moons ago), I spent the entire time walking.
Whenever I’m on a call with a client or doing a phone interview, I pace mercilessly.
When I speak, I’m pretty sure I cover every available inch of the stage.
Seats, podiums, constraints of any kind, when in thinking and creating mode, kill me. They don’t just make me feel uncomfortable, they change how I think, how I create, how I solve.
But, there are times when I need to sit and create. For hours at a time. Like right now, as I work on my next book.
And, even when I do sit and write, I’ve always felt that the simple fact that I move a lot outside my creative practice helps me channel my juices.
Haruki Murakami in The Paris Review, Summer 2004 shared:
When I’m in writing mode for a novel, I get up at 4:00 am and work for five to six hours. In the afternoon, I run for 10km or swim for 1500m (or do both), then I read a bit and listen to some music. I go to bed at 9:00 pm. I keep to this routine every day without variation. The repetition itself becomes the important thing; it’s a form of mesmerism. I mesmerize myself to reach a deeper state of mind. But to hold to such repetition for so long — six months to a year — requires a good amount of mental and physical strength. In that sense, writing a long novel is like survival training. Physical strength is as necessary as artistic sensitivity.
That resonates so strongly with me. When you’re writing something really substantial, at least for me, once I’ve done enough research to stop circling, the deeper creative process does take me into a place that takes a serious amount of energy, mental and physical, over a sustained period of time.
And, I’m pretty sure that’s not just about writing. It’s about creating anything worth creating. It takes a toll, requires you to draw upon reservoirs you may not have even known existed.
So, whatever your vision, be it artistic, personal, spiritual, entrepreneurial, explore the impact of a dedicated movement practice as a source of fortification for the quest.
It can be quite an extraordinary catalyst to the process.