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 novel, “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, R. (2014). Wanderlust: A history of walking. London: Granta Books.