Backpacking with the saints

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  1. SteG

    SteG Section Hiker

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  4. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Interesting, I've met a few people who'd refer to themselves as pilgrims.
    I actually met the lady Claire talks to in this episode walking past a client's house 5 mins from my house, on at Swithin's way.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07w565v
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  5. SteG

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    This is not about pilgrimage. This is about walking a personal spiritual and how backpacking can be a metaphor for the spiritual path. He talks about solitude, discipline,traveling light, simplicity and wonder of his surroundings.
    Although he is Christian and there is mention of him connecting with God, he does it in a way where it doesn't put me off, and I can be put off by to much Christendom!
    He explores teachings of saints, philosophers and spiritual leaders such as Kierkegaard, Thich Nhat Hanh, Rumi.
    This is NOT about religion or faith.
    This is a very enjoyable well balanced narrative about backpacking and being it touch with something deeper within ourselves and as he says, with something all around us. It's about being present, relying on one self with what little we take with us, simplicity. Not about the destination but the journey ect.
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  6. SteG

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    Ps I felt a little irony when he speaks about backpacking, discipline and keeping things simple and taking as little as you need to survive and be comfortable. On the other hand with backpacking as a hobby we can find it hard to resist temptation regarding gear and often have much more gear in our possession than we need. So for me it's off trail I need to practice certain principles, in everyday life.
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  7. Enzo

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    I was just riffing on the fact that walking and the contemplative life have history, the woman in the link says she walked as thanks giving for getting through a mental health/addiction crisis, no idea if she subscribes to an organised religion or not. but I think her motivation was spiritual rather than religious.

    A good example perhaps is Douglas Harding, the peak experience he talks about in 'on having no head' I think happened whilst trekking in the Himalayas. If his technique works for you it's a great shortcut. If it doesn't, it's bonkers, as Daniel Dennet famously pointed out.
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  8. SteG

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    That's interesting thanks Enzo. I will have a look through your link about the lady. I've been through similar stuff, I've been around the block a few times and sure I will be able to relate somewhere. Being out there heightens my sense of gratitude and I love the sense of adventure I feel.
    It's funny, I'm at home and the kids are wrecking my head and I long to be in the mountains for a 'break from all this sh**', then I go and get away for a couple of days. When I'm there, I miss my family and come to see clearly the best way I can help them and I return a better Dad I think. I find fatherhood a real challenge. I have four girls and one boy.:)
  9. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    I imagine anyone would find 5 a challenge.

    Agree with everything you say though. It can be really helpful to have some distance to appreciate what you have.
    Having kids has made long thru hikes impossible for me for the time being, for the obvious reason and I miss them too much.
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