“Thoreau” Preliminary Abstract
I have always been interested in Thoreau’s motivations to “Walk” for such extensive periods of time. Why does he enjoy solitude in the wilderness to such an extent? Does he not get bored from walking in the same areas every day? How could Thoreau give up everything to pursue personal experience with a largely unremarkable area of wilderness? In my paper, I wish to relate Thoreau’s perspectives toward nature to religious and non-religious meditative practices in his essay, “Walking”. In writing this paper, I believe that I will gain a greater understanding of ways that individuals use meditative practices in their daily lives, and how these practices are similar to Thoreau’s attraction to nature.
Solnit, Rebecca. “Wanderlust: A History of Walking Paperback – 1 May 2014.” Dorling Kindersley Science Encyclopedia: Amazon.co.uk: Dorling Kindersley Publishing: 9780751356410: Books, www.amazon.co.uk/Wanderlust-History-Walking-Rebecca-Solnit/dp/1783780398. In this book, Rebecca Solnit describes the history of walking and thinking, and it’s relationship with nature. The author discusses walking as a form of meditation and as an escape from urban life. She also describes how walking can be used for psychological, aesthetic, religious, social, and political meaning. She discusses the purposes of walking to many different groups, from “philosophers, to poets, to mountaineers.”
Shiva Shakti Yoga. “Meditation : An Art | A Science | A Practice | Everything About Meditation.” Shiva Shakti Yoga, 1 Nov. 2017, www.shivashaktiyoga.org/shivashaktiyogablog/what-is-meditation/. In this short text, the author compiles information about the ways that different groups and religions use and view meditation.