I just walked around Brummerhop park 30 times. I would have walked further, but I have an appointment this afternoon. I dread going out. I'd much rather re-fill my hydro-pak and head out into Houston's heat and humidity.
In walking, I've discovered my essence. I can walk and walk, if not fast. I cannot run and run. In walking around for hours, I lose myself and all my possessions.
The people who walk their dogs or pick berries know me. They see me walking around. Sometimes they comment. A man asked me today if I was doing it for exercise or cardio. Well..... How do you answer that question without stopping? But the man wouldn't understand any way.
A walker may look fit, but they are not seen as an athlete. So I am robbed of that possession.
If I walk a race, I finish but not very fast. So I am robbed of that possession.
I can't explain in a sound bite why I walk. So I am robbed of that possession.
I can't explain to the multitudes why I walk. So I am robbed of that possession.
Well, really, all these possessions are ego possessions. In fact, walking belong to essence; and this cannot be explained. Bragging rights are the ego's. Soul simply walks.
I am going in a road marathon next weekend. I am looking forward to seeing friends. I am dreading the environment of a road race. I'll have to hustle in order to make the time cut-off. I don't want to hustle.
At the age of 40, I renounced the world and went to live in a monastery. At the age of 44, I got kicked out of the monastery. When I came back to secular society, I found I didn't want many of its things and activities. I've continued to live without much of society. As time goes by, I continue to decrease my participation in the general thought patterns. I thank God that I am free of so much social activity.
Yes I pay bills and go to work. No I don't 'many other things.' I work each day in my mind, pruning thought from society, encouraging thoughts of essence. My thoughts of essence are not my original thoughts. I might be studying some great thinker who is unknown to most of society, not mainstream. But the fact remains, I am not participating in society.
Walking laps in a small track, I can direct my thinking inward. I find essence. I have more time later today and 3 more days this weekend to enjoy solitude with essence.