Over the past two years, what had been an occasional, 30-minute walk two or three times a week has become an hour-and-a-half long walk, sometimes twice a day. And the biggest change is that I used to always walk with headphones in, usually with a podcast so I could continue being productive. But after a while, I switched to music, and then only part of the time, and recently, I haven't had anything in my ears at all. I've consciously tried to just "switch off" and let my mind drift off in any direction it wants while I moved my feet. It's been mostly freeing. And now I've begun to schedule the rest of my day around these walking times. And so, ironically, I rest by moving. It's not quite the same as retreating* to a cabin, but it's what I've got at the moment.

*I'm trying to think of a word that means to "disengage and go to a remote spot in which to recover" that doesn't have a negative, surrender-like connotation. Maybe retiring? But even that sounds like giving up, doesn't it?

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