I walk from US Route 17E to Damascus, Virginia on the Appalachian Trail.
I read Chapter 10 of the Tao te Ching translated by Steven Mitchell.
“Can you coax your mind from its wandering
and keep to the original oneness?”
“Can you let your body become
supple as a newborn child’s?”
“Can you cleanse your inner vision
until you see nothing but the light?”
“Can you love people and lead them
without imposing your will?”
“Can you deal with the most vital matters
by letting events take their course?”
“Can you step back from you own mind
and thus understand all things?”
“Giving birth and nourishing,”
“Having without possessing,”
“Acting with no expectations,”
“Leading and not trying to control:
this is the Supreme Virtue.”
Walking across the Watauga Lake Dam.
Talking to two thru-hikers behind a shelter.
Talking to Gandalf, a South bound thru hiker
Walking into Virginia, leaving Tennessee
I watch the sunlight flow along spider web lines. It occurs in two places. Can you see it? Look closely.
Approaching Damascus – few miles out.
The Gate to Damascus