Practicing Attention While Hiking

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 Gaining Control of My Attention I learned an exercise on the first day of the first session of a class I took twenty-seven years ago that changed my life. I’ve been practicing this exercise daily ever since. It has given … Read More

Who is it Who Comes to Attention?

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Who, Me?   I’ve written before about how hiking trains me to come to attention. Today I’d like to get a bit philosophical and ask a dumb question: “When we come to attention, just who is it that comes to attention?” … Read More

Finding Jesus

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Opening My Eyes At a young age I became an atheist, but wanted desperately to believe. While an undergraduate I attended services at numerous denominational churches – Catholic, Presbyterian, Congregational, Adventist, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Science, Eastern Orthodox, Unitarian and even that … Read More

Hiking’s Great Gift – Attention

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Being Present as We Hike I have learned more about how my mind works from hiking than was ever mentioned in the bevy of psychology courses I took at university. “Attention” is the most important. I mean, where you give your … Read More

Why I Hike Alone (with my dog)

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  Hiking Spirituality There are fewer out-of-state license plates at the trailhead and it’s too cold for pine nut pickers. Ordinarily we think of November 1 as the first day of winter in the Southwest, and expect snow at any … Read More

My Big Questions About “Time”

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Adults Thought I Was Nuts! Whenever I brought up my “big questions” as a youngster, people left the conversation for a “more interesting” subject. Some though, were more direct, gave me a weird look and asked, “Why’d you want to know?” When … Read More

Why Is there Something and Not Nothing?

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What’s Out There in the Beyond? I’ve slept out under the stars many times, particularly in deserts.  One time in the Grand Canyon I had begun backpacking late in the afternoon, heading down the Thunder River Trail. After crossing about a mile … Read More

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