I have always loved being outside – always felt I could get away from everything out there. Lose myself. Lose my worries. Be free. Be who I really am underneath ALL THIS! My Mother’s family were farmers and I grew up messing around on my grandfathers and uncle’s farms. Perhaps the land is where I belong, even though I am one generation removed. I think we all belong in nature – even ardent townies. Despite this passion for the countryside, I have lived in London for the past 30 years and have learned how to experience the wind in my hair just as I would on a windswept beach or a wild hillside.
Walk with Joy is the result of a long personal journey- just like yours. It’s called LIFE, what is it all about and how can I do it better? Where am I going and does it matter? How do those people over there do it and what can I learn from them?
It’s been a colourful ride – like yours has. It’s also been grey at times, sometimes more than I care to remember.
But not any more, now I Walk with Joy and when I feel blue I get outside, look up to the sky or down to my feet and see what I can see to connect with. It’s always something beautiful, intriguing and fascinating. Only then do I know I belong to something infinite. By connecting with nature I connect with the truth inside myself. The real me. I can feel still, content and happy for as long as I stay being there, in the moment, just looking.
That’s the gift of contemplation I hope to share with you daily when you Walk with Joy. And in the words of the great writer and speaker Richard Rohr, contemplation is not something you learn, it’s something you experience and it’s something you do.
Come walk with me,