If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.-—Joseph Campbell

Posts tagged ‘walking’

New Strength and Thoughts

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. Eleanor Roosevelt

It’s day 15 of the Starting with a Quote Project

And what are you learning?

You want details or the big picture?


This morning on my walk, I realize this project’s addressing my “thinking too hard” behavior.

Tell me more.

Well, I have all these crazy spinning thoughts in my head.


And I’m watching this morning routine (morning pages, walk, then blog) give my spinning thoughts some structure, focus and direction, which then allows room for new ideas. It’s like what Cathy was showing me a few weeks ago when we were cleaning and organizing her classroom.


Yeah.  Now I’m going to the nature park north of town. Today’s a bit cooler (high 80’s) and a nature walk was an early morning idea. I’ll take a water bottle, trail mix, my notebook, bug spray…and some room for new thoughts:)


Open to Creativity

In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.   Rollo May

For most of the last two weeks after writing morning pages, I take a walk in the park that reminds me of Girl Scout camp, my favorite childhood setting. You know, that place they tell you to imagine when you meditate.

Sounds like a great way to start the day.

It is. And then before it gets too hot I work in the garden. Today I picked two more tomatoes and a bowl full of beans. The corn is almost ready.


And during the day I’ve been reading. A lot.

OK. I’m wondering why you  are telling me all of this when you know I already know it.

Because there’s something else.

Spit it out.

Well five days ago I started taking the quote from my morning post and watching how it plays through my day, knowing that at the end of the day I will write a ten minute free write in response to it. With this focus all my little routines become so much richer… hell, my whole day feels so much richer. It’s like I’m being me and watching what it means to be me.

Very cool.

So, wise one, how do I share this with others?

Looks like you just did.

Solved by Walking

My yellow squash has been attacked by the dreaded squash vine borer. But not before I was able to harvest several pounds of mature fruit.

The sprawling plants are now only large flowers at the ends of withering stems. That’s probably the end of this year’s crop.

After early morning garden chores, feeding and watering six cantankerous chickens for a vacationing friend and retrieving mail and the newspaper for another, I go for a walk.

On the park trail I have an idea. People eat squash blossoms! I knew they could be fried, but there must be other options. I find a recipe for squash blossom quesadillas at http:homesicktexan.blogspot.com.  And I can use the last of my cilantro before it goes to seed. squash1

All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.   Friedrich Nietzsche

Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.  ~Henry David Thoreau

Solvitur ambulando, St. Jerome was fond of saying.  To solve a problem, walk around.  ~Gregory McNamee

Thoughts come clearly while one walks.  ~Thomas Mann

Walking is also an ambulation of mind. ~Gretel Ehrlich

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.  ~Soren Kierkegaard

Being Human

After two nights of incredible dreams, I wake this morning anxious. The dream I remember from last night was a bummer.


Yeah, me being in charge and losing control. I hate that.


Well, I don’t like ending up in that situation.

Being in charge or losing control?


Ha. ha.

But I wrote about it in morning pages. Then I went to walk in the park. There was a lady walking her dogs and we began talking. Somehow the conversation turned to a man we have both known. She tells me he has control issues. I think about when I knew him and I feel empathy.


There you go again with that hmming. What are you thinking?

I was wondering what your “incredible” dreams were about.

Hmm. Well, things were kinda crazy in both of them, but it wasn’t all about me.

Does it help you to know you’re not that special?

Maybe so.

Like Maurice Sendak says, “I feel extremely vulnerable.” Today’s his 85th birthday. Watch the animation on Google’s home page.

Peace Is Every Step

When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love.

We have to continue to learn. We have to be open. And we have to be ready to release our knowledge in order to come to a higher understanding of reality.   Thich Nhat Hahn

Such profound words for the times when I am afraid, too concerned about others’ approval, or think I’m not good enough.  Stop your spinning thoughts, Laura. Breathe. Then…

Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.




Walking in Beauty

The Navajo Beauty Way Ceremony

In beauty may I walk
All day long may I walk
Through the returning seasons may I walk
Beautifully I will possess again
Beautifully birds
Beautifully joyful birds
On the trail marked with pollen may I walk
With grasshoppers about my feet may I walk
With dew about my feet may I walk
With beauty may I walk
With beauty before me may I walk
With beauty behind me may I walk
With beauty above me may I walk
With beauty all around me may I walk
In old age, wandering on a trail of beauty, lively, may I walk
In old age, wandering on a trail of beauty, living again, may I walk
It is finished in beauty
It is finished in beauty

Anonymous (Navajo)

The following excerpt taken from http://www.native-american-market.com/navajo_beauty_way.html

To Walk in Beauty means not only walking physically. It also, and primarily in fact, means being in harmony with all things and all people, with all objects, all the animals, all the feelings, the plants, the weather and all the events in your life. It means being at peace, serene in the knowledge that all around you is well and that you are well with everything in your life. You accept and are accepted, there is nothing that pulls you in one direction or the other, the polarities are neutralized, you are one with everything. You are ready to walk in Beauty.

The True Secret of Writing

I’m so excited. Natalie Goldberg‘s newest book, The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language, is being released March 19. Here’s the book’s description, as found on Amazon…

Sit. Walk. Write. These are the barest bones of Natalie Goldberg’s revolutionary writing and life practice, which she presents here in book form for the first time. A whole new slant on writing that she developed since the publication of her classic Writing Down the Bones, True Secret workshops have been limited until now to small, intensive groups at a remote center in the rural Southwest. In The True Secret of Writing, Goldberg makes this popular seminar available to any reader.

The True Secret is for everyone, like eating and sleeping. It allows you to discover something real about your life, to mine the rich awareness in your mind, and to ground and empower yourself. Goldberg guides you through your own personal or group retreat, illuminating the steps of sitting in silent open mind, walking anchored to the earth, and writing without criticism. Just as Goldberg cuts through her students’ resistance with her no-nonsense instruction—“Shut up and write”—the True Secret cuts to the core of realizing yourself and your world.

The capstone to forty years of teaching, The True Secret of Writing is Goldberg’s Zen boot camp, her legacy teaching. Stories of Natalie’s own search for truth and clarity and her students’ breakthroughs and insights give moving testament to how brilliantly her unique, tough-love method works. Beautiful homages to the work of other great teachers and observers of mind, life, and love provide further secrets and inspiration to which readers will return again and again.

I have attended three of Natalie’s workshops at Mabel Dodge Luhan’s in Taos, NM and used her writing practice for the last 12 years. I know it is empowering for me.taos

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