Why getting outside matters

Capitol and Capitol Lake, Olympia, WA by Brylie Oxley, via Wikimedia Commons.

There are a million ways to connect to Place, and most of them involve going 'outside.' Some of the reasons don't necessarily involve the Land, but involve people, groups, events, our own homes, etc. Of course, this makes it sound like those things are separate from the Land, which they are not, as everything is interdependent.There are also many reasons why going outside matters. We can talk about the health reasons for walking and not driving, for the environmental education the outdoors … [Read more...]

Questioning Fences

Chain Link Fence

Last week I moved about 25 miles from Berkeley to Union City. I'll be here for the next week until I head back to the UK for another 2 week visit. Over the weekend I decided that I wanted to take a hike around the area where I'm staying. Unfortunately, when I set out to take that hike, I was blocked by fences and gates at every border between the suburban neighborhood and the "wild".This area is mostly recently built up with developments of single family dwellings. There are front and back … [Read more...]

Walking meditation

Birds on a pond, Queens Park, Glasgow Dec 2012

One of my key practices is the walking meditation. I go out alone and walk wherever my feet take me. Sometimes it's a known path. Sometimes I may follow a walking route that I've found on the map. Usually, I just step outside and start walking, and if a street or path catches my eye -- perhaps a corner I've never turned onto before, or one I haven't walked on lately -- I see where it takes me.The walking meditation is not completely unlike a sitting meditation. It takes a few moments to get … [Read more...]


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