Feb 6, 2004

a walk on the wild side
Thoreau liked walking in the wilderness because he believed that facts in nature were symbolic of facts in spirit. Thus, taking an outdoor walk was a spiritual event, an allegorical experience where, via symbolic representations in nature, one could arrive at an examination of the self.
I walk in the city.

[8] This subterranean fire has its altar in each man's breast; for in the coldest day, and on the bleakest hill, the traveler cherishes a warmer fire within the folds of his cloak than is kindled on any hearth. A healthy man, indeed, is the complement of the seasons, and in winter, summer is in his heart. There is the south. Thither have all birds and insects migrated, and around the warm springs in his breast are gathered the robin and the lark.

"The length of his walk uniformly made the length of his writing. If shut up in the house, he did not write at all." -Ralph Waldo Emerson ---A man ahead of his time. Thoreau preached physical exercise as well as preservation of the environment---Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)---the landscape Thoreau wrote about was in a state of change then and continues to change today--Lake Thoreau map--American Transcendentalism Thoughts and Links ---Landscape Painting, for artists who love the land via Layers of Meaning---Environmental aesthetics----American Transcendentalism Web---"Dark Star" as an Example of Transcendental Aesthetics---Transcendental Aesthetics: The Golden Waters---"Pedestrian Thoughts" explores the interplay of nature, spirit, and time in the ordinary world. A longtime journal-keeper, Lorianne writes "pedestrian" essays that ramble at a walker's leisurely gait. Like Thoreau, Lorianne walks and writes everyday, striving to "travel a great deal" in Keene, NH link via theory of the daily--Waste Land : Meditations an a Ravaged Landscape

There & Back:
In the 13th Century a labyrinth, adapted from the ancient Mediterranean maze-symbol, was created at Chartres cathedral for the contemplative practice of walking the labyrinth's winding path. This profound practice, of journeying to the heart of the maze and then returning from the center, has been gaining mainstream appreciation in recent years. Walking meditation also has a long tradition in Buddhist traditions.

Grace Cathedral has two labyrinths. The outdoor labyrinth is made of terrazzo stone and is located to the right of the cathedral doors. This labyrinth is open 24 hours daily for walking---Walking the Labyrinth----Labyrinth Walking: Patterns of Power---THE SACRED LABYRINTH ~an ancient meditation tool-----The Sacred Labyrinth Walk, Illuminating the Inner Path, is the ancient practice of "Circling to the Center" by walking the labyrinth. The rediscovery of this self alignment tool to put our lives in perspective is one of the most important spiritual movements of our day. Labyrinths have been in use for over 4000 years. Their basic design is fundamental to nature and many cultures and religious traditions. Whatever one's religion...walking the labyrinth clears the mind and gives insight. It calms people in the throes of life's transitions----I walked my first labyrinth yesterday-----The Labyrinth: Walking a Sacred Path----Grace Church Labyrinth----A labyrinth is a spiritual tool that allows people to experience a meditative walk. Many people confuse labyrinths with mazes, however they are very different from one another. Mazes are designed to mislead and provide choices for people. Labyrinths have a single path offering no deception. This allows people to trust the path they are on and know it will take them to the center and back out again. Each labyrinth also has equal number of right and left turns. ---

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