people enjoying an autumn walk along a Christchurch beach
I think that our bodies are made to walk. And walking in the outdoors brings me a special joy, and a sense of thankfulness. A long walk brings a rhythm and simplicity of living that I deeply treasure. It is 'right' for me to walk, simply walk.
These words from the song "Be Mindful" by Fr Chris Skinner SM perhaps 'sum it all up' for me:
"There's a dance our bodies long to dance
There's a song our voices long to sing
There's a dream our planets dreaming of
Sing and dance her dream upon the earth"
In 2008 I walked along the Chemin de St Jacques from Le-Puy-en-Velay to Santiago. I never ever worked out whether I was a pilgrim, or 'just' a long-distance-walker. But I have since decided the question is not of any relevance or importance for me: the walk was what it was.....