The art of living…is neither careless drifting on the one hand nor fearful clinging to the past….on the other. It consists in being sensitive to each moment, in regarding it as being utterly new and unique, in having the mind open and fully receptive.
Alan Watts, The Wisdom of Insecurity Mindful Balance Blog
A walk to Agglestone rock across heathland at Studland yesterday took me to somewhere I hadn’t been before. We could see where we hoping to get to, Agglestone rock is large, but the actual pathway was not always clear and took us along some boggy, windy paths.
As we climbed we paused to look back at the view back across Poole bay, and talking with my walking companions (friends from school days) inevitably brought up memories of walks along the beach we made in years gone by.
I found myself comparing the walk with our daily life journey, when often we have an aim or goal in view, but we don’t know the ups and downs, twists and turns of the path ahead. Sometimes we find ourselves heading in what seems to be a different (even wrong!) direction in order to reach the target. And sometimes when we look back in time it is amazing to think of where we were, and how far we have come. Indeed we could not have known the paths in life we would take when we friends walked the beach all those years ago.
Yesterday’s quote on the Mindful Balance Blog felt very appropriate when I read it later. So much of life’s path is uncertain, often requiring difficult choices, careful steps and courage, but being open and appreciating the present moment, receiving and trusting what it brings – twists, turns, muddy moments – is important too.
And yes it was a good walk yesterday!