“Wondering is healthy. Broadens the mind. Opens you up to all sorts of stray thoughts and possiblities.” ~ Charles deLint
Have you ever walked as a way to help sort out your thoughts? I find fulfillment in using it as a method of putting things in perspective. Far too often, however, my objectives also include giving myself a cardio workout, so I move at a very brisk pace.
One day as I walked this past summer, I was behind “a slow poke.” I proceeded to pass the woman. I reached my endpoint, turned around to go back home and passed her again going in the other direction. As I zoomed by her, she remarked to me that I sure walk fast, and that she was impressed.
Walking at a fast pace is all well and good but my thinking tries to keeps pace, so it is hard to quiet my mind when I move along too quickly. There is value in letting our thoughts wander, roam and journey off the beaten path.
Since my goals for walking are not to lose weight, I need to practice the art of meandering. I have made a deal with myself that a couple of days a week I will:
Go on a meditative walk
Be more focused on observing the surroundings
Imagine a personal paradise and escape to it
Marcel Proust says “the only paradise is the paradise of lost.” I interpret that to mean being lost in our dreams, imaginations and thoughts. That kind of oasis can be found by all of us, if we allow it.
If you were to write a book about your personal utopia, what would it look like? Do you think you will ever find it? How?
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