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An Autumn Wander

Did you know that you can go on a Wander without even leaving your home?  Wandering is something that is internal, not external.  Plenty of people go on walks that aren’t Wanders.   They go to get somewhere, or something.  They walk just for exercise, or to catch the bus for school or work, or to visit a friend who lives up the street.  But Wanders are different.

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You Wander when you don’t have a particular place to go, or even a direction.

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Your heart leads you – not a map or a compass.

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Turning and returning is the same.  You aren’t in a hurry.  You don’t need to rush.

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Slowing down, we can take the time to really see what is there – not what we think is there.

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Slowing down, we can feel with all our senses.  We can smell the leaves. We can touch the flowers.  We can delight in the many colors our eyes notice.  We can hear all that is around us.

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Perhaps more importantly, when we slow down, we can finally hear all that is within us.

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“Solvitur Ambulando” – “It is solved by walking.” – said Diogenes. Thoreau repeated it.  Walking solves a lot of things that concern us – inside and out.

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But be sure to walk slowly.  Savor.  Saunter.  Amble.  Mosey.  Don’t be in a hurry, or you’ll miss the whole point of the walk.

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Just go.  Trust.  Be out in the wilderness of your heart.  Know that you are safe, wherever you are.  Listen to the still small voice inside.  It will never lead you astray.

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So many of us have forgotten the sound of our own voice. So many of us have forgotten who we are.

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There is hope!   You aren’t lost.  Your voice is quietly waiting for you to seek it again.

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On your Wander, you can practice being You again – the You that got forgotten, or ignored, or pushed aside for the rest of the world.

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On a Wander, you finally have the time and space to be the person you’ve always wanted to be – Yourself.

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(All photos are from Pinterest, and are copyright to their respective owners.)

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