Saturday, June 19, 2010

Freehiking's Spiritual Connection

“I have thought about this for awhile, looking for a way to express how I feel about hiking, the outdoors and being naked. . . I have often thought that there is a spiritual feeling from being in nature. Yesterday’s USA Today had an article in the life section that spoke of a preacher, rabbi and scholar who give more or less sermons in the great outdoors. How one can open up and loose all connection to the outside world and let nature direct you to God. Most important to me was the fact that before churches God spoke to his people through nature and even Jesus did most of his teaching outdoors. I don't pretend to be overly religious but I often feel that connection when I am alone in the woods. . . Being naked . . . just comfortable shoes and your true self to connect with nature and your God.” – Nude Walker

1 comment:

  1. I know what you mean. That is the same way I feel. I feel somehow more connected to the natural world around me. Not only that but I seem to be able to approach within very close distances to wild animals. My body feels as though it belongs that way when I sweat itevaporates quickly. When it is cold the surface blood vessels contract transfering heat to my core. It just amazes me how well it works. I think it was Muir who said that these forests and mountains are the earths greatest cathedrals.