Why does walking help us think? For me:
1. It’s a self-hypnosis. The steady beat of your feet on the ground, the beat of the world moving past.
2. It pulls your stinkin’ noggin’ out of your stinkin’ phone. Mostly, anyway. In this way, it forces you to be present, to sometimes — even — be bored.
3. Boredom is the source of many solutions. Boredom kicks the brain into processing mode — background or otherwise.
So: We’re hypnotized through movement. We’re present. And we’re bored. That’s why it’s so good.
I agree that rhythm is a big part of what makes walking so good for thinking. I also feel that walking is ingrained very deeply into our body and mind. It’s what humans have done forever. Walk to find food, walk to find prey, walk to water. At one point much of humanity walked out of Africa and all over the globe. There is comfort in putting one foot in front of the other.
Boredom is creative or rather, boredom leads to creativity.
Boredom is the empty bowl that can receive the tea. No empty bowl – no room for tea.