The Philosophy of Walking and the Spiritual Moment of Lighting a Fire: October 9 2021

The Philosophy of Walking

Years ago, I read a book with this very same name: The Philosophy of Walking. One of the most memorable lines was something like this (I take some creative leeway and this is not a paraphrasing): walking is essentially falling forward but your feet catch you. I need to reread the book, but the main idea is that philosophers get their ideas from walking.

My feet are planted to the ground, as if I am myself a plant. When I walk, I fall forward and my feet catch me from falling to the ground. Every subsequent movement is the same orchestrated move, again and again, without fail.

I can philosophise about walking, but how wonderful is it that we are able to move without problems, without thinking? But like the author of this book with the same name claims, isn’t it in out walking that we start to philosophise?

I take a photograph of my feet. I am aware of the feeling of the ground that presses against me, and my feet that presses against it. We are one. I lay down to take photographs of plants. I stand up, and again feel the the ground press against me, and I press against the ground.

Photographs of Flowers

Before I embark on trying to explain the spiritual nature of the fire, I share with you some of the flowers on my walk along the coastline of South Africa.

In my post yesterday, I showcased the arum lily. Here you can see it grow wild. It is in a stream that flows into the ocean.

The Spiritual Nature of Lighting a Fire

The smell of a wood fire is almost synonymous with South African weekends. We love our wood fires to braai or BBQ. The smell is always in the air. But I love to be present with every part of the fire making process. From building the fire to lighting it. The smell, the fact that we are burning a once-at-a-time-alive piece of tree, to the flames licking the sky.

And then there is the beer drinking. There is something about South African beer, especially Black Label. It is a tradition by now to open a 1 liter beer and share it amongst friends and family.

I hope you are safe and active. Stay positive and bend down slow down calm down and smell a wild flower.
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i remember the tv ad jingle for Carling Black Label (in the UK about 40 years ago)!

Nice post. Thanks for sharing.

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Maybe I found it! Is it this advert?

Thank you so much. I really appreciate it.

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i'm not that old! :-)

it's a bit similar, i guess they changed it a bit in later years.

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Haha sorry didn't mean anything like that! Just shared the first one I got. I never knew that Carling black label was an overseas (for me) beer. I thought all the years it was a South African beer.

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As someone who loves to walk and commune with nature, I appreciated this post. We are more grounded, literally, when we think of ourselves as human plants that belong to this natural word.
Our soul is mixed with soil as as poet-philosopher Gibran puts it: * earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.*

Peace, all ways 🙏

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Yet again you leave me with these poetic and beautiful words. Thank you for engaging in my post and quoting the beautiful words of Gibran. It is all so true. A reciprocal relationship I would say, planted and being given the opportunity to spread our roots. Peace and good fortune for you, my friend.

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Yes, to reciprocity and sending blessings and good will back your way 😇

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