Losing my way in a forest while talking to myself and to God, listening to the birds, stopping to smell the flowers, caressing the leaves, hugging the trunk of the trees, and finding a good spot to meditate, then continuing walking is one of the things that I love.
Walking for a certain period of time or a mile never interested me, even though I was tried to be convinced to change my walking into a rhythmic one for exercise. Eventually, I was persuaded and did walk rhythmically for some miles. However, I must confess that I really disliked it and felt that the goal changed the essence of walking.
During my inner discovery walks, I feel connected to everything around me as serenity embraces my soul leaving me happy and calm during the day.
As much as I love walking in nature, I also like walking in the cities where I can explore the people, buildings, the wide and narrow streets that always lead me to another mysterious destination. I love it when I have no rush and no responsibility because only then I can savor the beauty of the unguided walking.
I remember, years ago when there was no cell phone and no GPS, I was in Rome with my husband and we were given a city map to see around. He is an engineer, so he needs to plan and know where he is going and I am a totally free spirit, have no desire to know where I am going. The first day, we followed the map, got lost, spent more time trying to figure out which way to go, and of course argued a lot! The second day, I threw away all the maps and told him we would walk by our instinct and explore whatever comes our way. He resisted at first and then accepted to go along with the idea. I will never forget those four days in Rome, how we always ended up at the right spot and had so much fun discovering different streets.
The truth is, most of the time, we all walk fast to arrive to our destination while missing out on the beauty around us; but the moment we decide to perceive walking differently, we might find more meaning on our way, just like we would do in our lives.