November 7th, 2012 - Walking - 步行- Bùxíng
A trail through dark woods
of birch, maple, and oak-
wafts down the mountain.
In our lives, we must move forward day by day, building upon each step, incrementally advancing towards a desired goal. By walking the spiritual path, we invigorate our heart, body, and spirit. We must not wander aimlessly, but seek purpose beyond the repetitive motions. When we hike in the mountains, we feel a wonderful unity of self. Hiking strengthens the legs, enhances stamina, and soothes the sorrowful or distracted mind. Drawn away from the madness of civilization, one is free to observe Nature, and learn from its lessons.
Dragonflies. A carpet of discarded leaves. The carcass of a dead skunk, downwind. A cracked concrete staircase. A stone fire pit. That circle of rocks - who placed them there, arranging them thus? A modern-day hermit? Societal outcast? Is there another like myself, who understands the allure of natural experience?
I keep walking, leaving the charred remains of the stranger behind. The multiplicity of meaning, in each and every viewpoint, revealed itself. Only an open mind can see nature's essence.