Walking With Thoreau

“I am alarmed when it happens that I have walked a mile into the woods bodily, without getting there in spirit….The thought of some work will run in my head, and I am not where my body is,-I am out of my senses…What business have I in the woods, If I am thinking of something out of the woods?”  Henry David Thoreau

I have begun reading Thoreau’s book “Walking” again. I first read it over thirty years ago when a good friend, gave it to me.  It didn’t have the meaning for me then that it does now.  I’m glad I kept the small book.  I found it again, just at the right time in my life.

The above passage comes from “Walking.” It is what I have experienced so many times, and have tried to write about.   Reading it makes me feel as if I’ve found a woods-walking companion.

Thoreau takes the idea of walking seriously.  Not as a pastime, but as a calling.

His belief in walking reminds me of Jon’s belief in creativity.  Jon was the first person I met, even after years of art school, who believed in creativity as some people believe in God. It has been a structure for his life, a vocation, as it now is for me also.

I believe I have something to learn from Thoreau about walking.

4 thoughts on “Walking With Thoreau

  1. You have just reminded me that I also have Thoreau’s book, walking. I received it as a gift and read it many years ago. I will pull it out and read it again. Thank you!!!

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