Image via Diego Sevilla Ruiz
A certain Zen proverb goes something like this: 'A five year old can understand it, but an 80 year old cannot do it.' The subject of this riddle-like saying has been described as 'mindfulness'---or being absorbed in the moment, free from routine mental habits.
Every time I'm getting a story ready to tell, or every time I give a storied talk, I storyboard my presentation on a set of 3x5 cards (1 image/trigger word per card), than go for a walk.
Why? Because it embeds the story into my body and becomes much more of a whole brain/body experience. That way it's a lot easier to tell when I'm on the stage.
Or if I know I have a talk coming up, but I'm not sure about what I'm going to say, I go on a walk. Presto magic, while on the walk I figure it all out. This is when I take my cell phone with me that's got the Evernote app on it. I open up a new note in Evernote and can record my thoughts and the talk right into the note while walking. By the time I get back to the office, my thoughts/outline/story are already on my computer waiting for storyboarding and polishing.
Now researchers at Stanford Univ. have confirmed how powerful walking is in stimulating creativity. Since storytelling is a creative act, it's no wonder how walking can work so well with them.
You'll enjoy this post, along with the 13:45 minute interview with Mary Oppezzo, one of the 2 Stanford walking researchers featured. Story on!