How to Develop a Geezer Hiking Habit

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The very best exercise for health and happiness in our later years is walking.  And better even than walking is hiking. It is a pleasant way to keep a variety of muscles limber and strong for better balance to catch … Read More

Contemplative Hiking

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Back when I launched Backpacker magazine, I tried to include a piece about the spiritual side of nature in every issue.  My first issue carried a piece by Colin Fletcher about his immersion in the spiritual side of his historic end-to-end Grand Canyon … Read More

Why I Love Hiking

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There is a stillness in the forest. And I love it. Actually, there are sounds out there. But they are like music.  And speak to me in wind and birdsong, instead of words. I’ve learned from my years of meditation that this is … Read More

Geezer Meditation

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After 58 years of daily meditation I’m still learning.  I discovered something this morning about staying in deep stillness. I usually meditate after showering and having my coffee and a leisurely chat with my wife. I also meditate again just before going … Read More

Finding Life’s Purpose

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Hiking causes me to wonder about such things   When I see pine cones beneath towering ponderosa pines hundreds of years old, I realize their seeds have a purpose to create new pine trees — given the right sun, soil, moisture and … Read More

Another Spiritual Practice for Thinking Geezers

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It is all about how you give your attention! Here is a spiritual practice while hiking that keeps the mind centered. I do the practice at other times as well. For instance it was useful when I walked my dog at other times during … Read More

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