If you don’t like spiritual, then say integrative instead. Either word describes a daily practice that fuses physical movement and creativity.
My inspiration comes from novelist Haruki Murakami, who knows this territory well. When interviewed for The Paris Review, he said:
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.
(For more details, see The Running Novelist, Murakami’s article for the The New Yorker.)
I used to think of exercise as a break from the work day. Murakami reminds me to see physical movement as part of the creative process.
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