The Art of Mindful Walking: Meditations on the Path (Mindfulness) Hardcover – 27 May 2012
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About the Author
Adam Ford is an ordained Anglican priest, now retired. He was formely Priest-in-Ordinary to her Majesty the Queen at the Chapel Royal, Chaplain to a London School and Vicar of a Yorkshire mill town. He has an MA in Indian religions and reguarly lectures on Buddhism, Hinduism and astronomy.
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The style of writing is down to earth and accessible. Adam intersperses his own experiences of walking in areas such as the Australian outback, the Grand canyon, the streets of London, and his local Sussex downs, with really nice quotes from artists, philosophers, and other travel writers. He also develops a narrative thread of honest, critical, and profound reflection on his own religious faith and how he applies this in his daily life. We are guided through a terrain that includes self-guilt, loneliness and forgiveness and the authorial voice is non-dogmatic, open to doubt, and full of refreshingly practical and sensible interpretations of familiar scripture. In one section where Adam criticises the way that Jesus's crucifixion has been 'sold' as God's solution for what he calls the edifice of guilt constructed by the Christian church, he writes, simply but clearly, that Jesus was 'murdered by the Romans for political reasons'.Read more ›
Often I find that writers seem to either aim at academic/indoor/thinking types or at outdoor/adventurous/doers. This was not the case with this writer who bridges the divide - we can all think and we can all thrive on exercise (they can be sides of the same coin).
As someone who loves walking I found many things that resonated - like the wish to walk and explore in new places and everywhere being an opportunity.
The writer is a retired priest and this certainly added a thoughtful spiritual dimension. But it was also great that he also draws on other traditions such as Buddhism.
It is easy to enjoy a walk in the Lakes in good weather - the author helps us to get even more from such an expedition - but also to thrive when the only opportunity is half an hour in the middle of the city. Whatever your opportunity to get outside, this book has the capacity to enrich your experience.
In short it's book about the thoughtful, reflective and contemplative side of walking. It handles its key themes well, and it gives people a good idea about what they can learn about themselves on a walk. Korzybski said A map is not the territory it represents, but, if correct, it has a similar structure to the territory, which accounts for its usefulness."
This is a very useful book about walking, not in terms of maps and territories, of miles, directions, height gained etc, but in terms of showing us (or reminding us) about how much we learn about ourselves, and our thought structures, when we walk. Ultimately it's actually a book about taking a walk out beyond ourselves- and about how much we learn when we do this. It's more Robert McFarlane than Eric Langmuir or the MLTB!
Recommended to walkers who are reflective.
But make sure you read your Langmuir as well.
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This is a lovely book to look at and to read. I bought it for a friend and she was delighted.Published 4 months ago by Pammie
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