"A QUIET WALK in the woods can be a spiritual experience, and countless hikers head to redwood groves and high places to find a sense of awe. But if following a dirt track is a kind of prayer—the hypnotizing rhythm of feet and breath an ancient song—some trails are true religious pilgrimages, routes laid down by the faithful."~Jen Rose Smith
Doubtless, if you are an avid hiker or spiritual seeker, there is little chance you haven't heard about:
I am sure there are more. We even have 7 pilgrimages here in the United States to missionaries and churches. All pilgrims seek enlightenment, wholeness, well-being, purpose and connection. There are some who find soul-seeking attributes on the Pacific Crest Trail or the Appalachian Trail in the United States. There are wild places all over the world for non-religious peoples who soul search.
The pleasure of section hiking the Pilgrim Paths of Ireland and the Appalachian Trail for enlightenment, connection and soulful connection is one that I have experienced. I have hiked many National Parks around the world and have hiked mountain ranges: The Slieve Mish, The Balkans, La Cordillera Centra, The Blue Ridge, The Adirondaks, The Diablo Range, The Transverse Range and The Rockies, just to name a few. There are a great many places around the world I would love to hike but haven't yet, like the Australian Outback, Peru's Machu Picchu, the less traveled places of China's Great Wall and a few volcanoes here and there.
I stumbled onto a video recently via Elephant Journal ( a good daily publication for uplifting words). I also read DailyOM and a few others, but this particular stumble was an article about hiking. Because I love to hike, I thought it was worth blogging about. I know there are many who prefer urban settings to woodsy or country settings, but for the sake of my blog, I will continue as though all readers love hiking.
On an average, I hike maybe 1-3 miles between 1-3 times a week at home. I don't always have time or feel like hiking, but I feel reintegration is a must-do additive. I went with this video which passed to me by way of Elephant Journal, Youtube and Wanderlust. I thought it to be a more entertaining, affective + effective means of communicating what is on my mind today. So, enjoy! :)
Hiking as Spiritual Path: Meditation at Wanderlust