Walking in the Woods
I’ve been musing this week on the healing power of Nature and of walking. Now we are allowed a little further from home in a car, I’ve taken to visiting Wandlebury Country Park. It’s an area of woods and meadows which surround an Iron Age fort, about two or three miles from home. I’ve been there at 6.30 am when I didn’t see another soul and I’ve been there on a Sunday afternoon when it was full of families picnicking.
It’s a healing place. The trees, the grass, the birds. Deer, hares, squirrels.
I’ve taken to walking a simple circuit of 3 or 4 km. With my cancer, I’m certainly not walking fast. But it’s peaceful, prayerful even. Alone, I can go at my own speed. Alone, I can be with the place. And it’s like pouring a calm green balm on my heart.
Over the past two months I’ve had times of deep loneliness. When I am there I am alone but not at all lonely.
One of the things I loved on my Caminos is walking alone. I wasn’t someone who developed a Camino family, though I certainly had friends I would eat with. But I loved this simple alone walking. I’m refinding that. Phil’s Camino is inspiring my Camino. I’m thinking now what alone but not lonely looks like and how do I take it back home. Maybe it’s one of the gifts i this Covid retreat time.
Karen Kelly, Caminoheads England Bureau Chief.
6 thoughts on “On Friday, From Karen, From Cambridge”
MY DEAR KAREN,
THANK YOU FOR TODAYS WELL WRITTEN BLOG.
I AM ASKED OFTEN IF I AM LONELY WHEN I VENTURE OUT TO YONDER ROCKY MOUNTAINS ON A “SOUL-O” HIKE. MY ANSWER IS SIMPLY “I AM NOT ALONE AS THERE IS ALWAYS MY GOD AND I”.
SUCH PEACE IS GIVEN TO ONE WHO EMBRACES THE BEAUTY OF NATURE.
Love it soul-o…
Godspeed, Karen. You are not alone. In spirit, we are walking alongside you. Thanks for today’s lilting and lovely post.
Lonely but not alone. I have carried that with me since I saw your post. Beautiful.
I also love the soul-o!
My name is Jay Curran. I was on The Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation Zoom call last weekend with Phil. I am a Stage IV Laryngeal Cancer patient and loved the documentary. I would appreciate if anyone could give me Phil’s email as I would love to correspond with him. Thank you in advance.
Jay ~ good to be with you on Saturday. I sent email. Felipé.
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