"How can you explain that you need to know that the trees are still there, and the hills and the sky? Anyone knows they are. How can you say it is time your pulse responded to another rhythm, the rhythm of the day and the season instead of the hour and the minute? No, you cannot explain. So you walk."
~Author unknown, from New York Times editorial, "The Walk," 25 October 1967
|Lainey Piland Photo|
Although the quote above was written in 1967, those words ring true even more so today. In our fast-paced, insta-everything society where "multitasking" is a prerequisite listed in every job description, it is so important to take time to periodically realign the pace of our life with the speed at which our brains were designed to process things -- that speed being the pace of our own feet. So, get out there and go for a walk!
When we're flying down the road in our vehicles, (or flying through our busy lives) much of the surrounding scenery blends together in an indiscernible blur. Return to the same scenery on foot, and it's amazing how much more you're able to notice. Details emerge which you weren't able to pick out before. You feel more connected. Less rushed.
This idea of slowing down to realign oneself with the natural world and our own internal rhythms is a common theme in local author Kurt Hoelting's book, The Circumference of Home. This thought-provoking book details Hoelting's year spent traveling solely under his own power via bike, kayak, and on foot. I would highly recommend adding this great read to your summer reading list! It will leave you inspired to spend more time exploring the world under the slower pace of your own power.