Quotes for
the Journey:

Walking

   
  
If you are seeking creative ideas,
go out walking.  Angels whisper to
a person when one goes for a walk.

Raymond Inmon

   

A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.     -Paul Dudley White

   

I am alarmed when it happens that I have walked a mile into the woods bodily, without getting there in spirit.  In my afternoon walk I would fain forget all my morning occupations, and my obligations to society.  But it sometimes happens that I cannot easily shake off the village.  The thought of some work will run in my head, and I am not where my body is; I am out of my senses. In my walks I would fain return to my senses.  What business have I in the woods, if I am thinking of something out of the woods?  I suspect myself, and cannot help a shudder, when I find myself so implicated even in what are called good works—for this may sometimes happen.     -Henry David Thoreau

   
Walking takes longer than any other known form of locomotion except crawling.  Thus it stretches time and prolongs life. Life is already too short to waste on speed.     -Edward Abbey
   
It takes days of practice to learn the art of sauntering.  Commonly we stride through the out-of-doors too swiftly to see no more than the most obvious and prominent things.  For observing nature, the best pace is a snail’s pace.     -Edwin Way Teale
    
The mere thought of walking outdoors on a brilliant golden-blue day causes fire-works of delight to go off in most people’s psyche. It gives one an instant feeling of happiness and that is meditation! We are not only in touch, at that moment, with the physical splendour of nature, but also with the beauty of merging our own spiritual nature with it.     -Karen Zebroff

    
My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.     -Aldous Huxley
   
One thing that you find out when you have been practicing mindfulness for a while is that nothing is quite as simple as it appears.  This is as true for walking as it is for anything else.  For one thing, we carry our mind around with us when we walk, so we are usually absorbed in our own thoughts to one extent or another.  We are hardly ever just walking, even when we are just going out for a walk.  Walking meditation involves intentionally attending to the experience of walking itself.  This brings your attention to the actual experience of walking as you are doing it, focusing on the sensations in your feet and legs, feeling your whole body moving.  You can also integrate awareness of your breathing with the experience.     -John Kabat-Zinn
  
To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter; to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring — these are some of the rewards of the simple life.     -John Burroughs
   
Walks:  The body advances, while the mind flutters around it like a bird.     -Jules Renard
   
Walking would teach people the quality that youngsters find so hard to learn - patience.     -Edward P. Weston
   
I can only meditate when I am walking.  When I stop, I cease to think; my mind works only with my legs.     -Jean Jacques Rousseau
   
Happy is the person who has acquired the love of walking for its own sake!     -W.J. Holland
   
Above all do not lose your desire to walk. Every day I walk myself into a state of well being and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.  But by sitting still, and the more one sits still, the closer one comes to feeling ill. . . if one keeps on walking everything will be alright.     -Søren Kierkegaard
   
In every walk with nature one receives far more than one seeks.     -John Muir
   

  
An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.     -Henry David Thoreau
   
Walking is the great adventure, the first meditation, a practice of heartiness and soul primary to humankind.  Walking is the exact balance between spirit and humility.     -Gary Snyder
   
When you have worn out your shoes, the strength of the shoe leather has passed into the fiber of your body.  I measure your health by the number of shoes and hats and clothes you have worn out.     -Ralph Waldo Emerson
    
Walking exercises the whole person.  It exercises the body-- it gives the arms and legs a workout.  It stimulates the flow of blood; expands the lungs.  It is gentle and relaxing.  It exercises the mind-- it shakes up the brain cells.  It fills them with oxygen;  drives out the cobwebs.  A famous scientist says he does his best thinking on the two miles of sidewalk between his home and office.
  Walking exercises the emotions.  It gives you a chance to observe and enjoy the world.  Open your eyes to beauty.  See the homes, the trees, the gardens.  See the shining faces of little children.  Listen for the church chimes, singing birds and the laughter of happy people.      -Wilferd A. Peterson
  

   
The rhythm of walking generates a kind of rhythm of thinking, and the passage through a landscape echoes or stimulates the passage through a series of thoughts. This creates an odd consonance between internal and external passage, one that suggests that the mind is also a landscape of sorts and that walking is one way to traverse it.  A new thought often seems like a feature of the landscape that was there all along, as though thinking were traveling rather than making.     -Rebecca Solnit
   
Walking is the natural recreation for a person who desires not absolutely to suppress his or her intellect but to turn it out to play for a season.     -Leslie Stephen
   
The sovereign invigorator of the body is exercise, and of all the exercises walking is the best.     -Thomas Jefferson
   

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When we walk, we touch the Earth.  It's a great happiness to be able to touch the Earth, the mother of all beings on this planet.  While practicing walking, we should be aware that we are walking on a living being that is supporting not just us, but all of life.  A lot of harm has been done to the Earth, so now it is time to kiss the ground with our feet, with our love.  While you are walking, smile--be in the here and now.  By doing so, you transform the place where you are walking into a paradise.    -Thich Nhat Hanh, How to Walk

    

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