While in Dubai, I picked up this wonderful little book entitled "The Wander Society".
Right up my alley as you know how much I love to wander.
To walk/explore/amble in an unplanned or aimless way with a complete openness to the unknown.
This morning I wandered our neighborhood, going up and down streets I hadn't been on in a while.
It always makes me happy to find such pretty spots along the way.
In the book, one of the philosophies of wandering reads;
"To wander is to go against the evolution of society.
Society wants you to speed up, to produce, to seek material wealth. In a system that requires never-ending growth (at the cost of limited natural resources), to slow down seems anti-progress in nature. Who are you if you are not trying to "get somewhere"? Who are you if you are not actively working toward something? As a wanderer, you're not subject to the narrative forced on you by society. You do not fall prey to trends that have nothing to do with your talents and desires. You do not strive to conform, but instead follow the life that springs from inside. You walk your own path. In this sense, you're truly free."
That passage perfectly describes where I am at in my life right now. A strong need for slowing down, quieting the noise of the world, and scaling back.
The last paragraph of the philosophy chapter states:
We need more rambling, daydreaming, thinking, perusing, being, looking, existing, allowing, ambling, opening, listening, because it teaches us what we are capable of. The nomadic tendency of wandering allows us to take pause, to consider what is really necessary, what is important for living well.
In every moment of wandering, we can experience awakening.
Wishing you a blessed day!