- "Walking is an essential discipline of thought and spirit. My soul is a traveler afoot in this world. Like Aristotle (whose school was called Peripatetic, after the covered walkway along which he strolled while teaching), I cannot think clearly if I remain too long sedentary."
— Sam Keen in Hymns to an Unknown God
- "As we stretch our legs, we stretch our minds and our souls. St. Augustine, himself a great walker, remarked, "Solvitur ambulando; it is solved by walking."
— Julie Cameron in Walking in This World
- "We walk all the time, but usually it is more like running. When we walk like that, we print anxiety and sorrow on the Earth. We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on Earth. Every one of us can do that provided that we want it very much. Any child can do that. If we can take one step like that, we can take two, three, four, and five. When we are able to take one step peacefully, happily, we are for the cause of peace and happiness for the whole of humankind. Walking meditation is a wonderful practice."
— Thich Nhat Hahn in Being Peace
- "Walking, much like singing, steadies the mind. When we place one foot in front of the other, we can feel the body lean and sway as we move forward. The first steps may be slow, but gradually we find our gait. Though we may require effort to break our inertia, our willingness to move is soon requited. At first, we notice the mind doing the walking. Then the body soon takes over, and with that, our thoughts are free to flow."
— Stephen Levine in Unattended Sorrow
- "Jesus walked through the desert for forty days to prepare for his preaching. Buddha walked for years from cave to cave, village to village, before he reached enlightenment under the bodhi tree. Mother Teresa walked through the streets of Calcutta looking for people who needed her help. Mahatma Gandhi walked through the villages in India, teaching the ways of nonviolence."
— Jan Phillips in Divining the Body
- "Walking inspires and promotes conversation that is grounded in the body, and so it gives the soul a place where it can thrive. I think I could write an interesting memoir of significant walks I have taken with others, in which intimacy was not only experienced but set fondly into the landscape of memory. We talked of many things, some informative and some completely outrageous, and quite a few really tall stories emerged on these bucholic walks."
— Thomas Moore in Soul Mates
- "For many of us the march from Selma to Montgomery was both protest and prayer. Legs are not lips and waiting is not kneeling. And yet our legs uttered songs. Even without words, our march was worship. I felt my legs were praying."
— Abraham Joshua Heschel in Moral Granduer and Spiritual Audacity by Susannah Heschel
- "Walking is the great adventure, the first meditation, a practice of heartiness and soul primary to humankind. Walking is the exact balance between spirit and humility."
— Gary Snyder in The Practice of the Wild
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