We will continue to invite people to walk with us in the weeks and months ahead. From week to week we will explore our city’s approximations of wilderness (parks and preserves and rustic paths) at a pedestrian pace.
As we walk we will reflect on portions from the wide tome of wilderness literature: The wisdom that naturalists, poets, storytellers, and essayists have extracted from profound encounters with the wild world. Wisdom to fuel our work.
I hope that these gatherings connect people from many walks of life who are, on behalf of their communities, bushwhacking a way toward justice. I hope it serves as a practice that sustains the spirits of those who are oriented toward justice. I hope this helps the helpers.
If you are one of the helpers: Wherever you are, I hope that knowing of our walk gives you comfort, motivation and solidarity in your commitment - against the odds - to making the world a better place.
This week we will consider the reflections of Rachel Carson as we walk near the edge of the sea on Portland’s Eastern Promenade.
The shore is an ancient world, for as long as there has been an earth and sea there has been this place of the meeting of land and water. Yet it is a world that keeps alive the sense of continuing creation and of the relentless drive of life. Each time that I enter it, I gain some new awareness of its beauty and its deeper meanings, sensing that intricate fabric of life by which one creature is linked with another, and each with its surroundings. (The Edge of the Sea)
If you’re not near or you can’t join, then find some kindred spirits and go on a Beauty Walk of your own, knowing that you’re not alone.