The Sk-Ryu-Ni trail in Jejudo is background for the article, which appeared recently in the magazine With Bible, on combining the benefits of spirituality and walking The writer, a priest who has studied spirituality and has walked the Sk-Ryu-Ni trail, tells us what he finds sacred about such a common activity and how it can refresh both body and mind. Walking even when one knows it will rain is a common experience of those who love to walk, he says, and the fragrance coming from nature, permeating the whole body, is a memory they want to return to often. They would also like to see, he adds, the construction of more walking trails in the future.
the past, there was no need for this kind of effort but today many of
these paths have disappeared. They remain, for the most part, because of
the interests of tourists. When they began to disappear, he doesn't
know, but laments the fact that all the beautiful places seem to have
turned into golf courses or other recreational facilities. People who
now want to take a leisurely walk can do so only on asphalt or concrete
roads. This can be seen by some as progress, by others as destruction of
our environment, and as a breakdown of the vital connection between
humans and nature, and between the natural world and its inhabitants.
And we become, the priest says, like secondary elements, cogs on a
character used for path or road also refers to the truths necessary for
life, for self-improvement. Those who are walking for the sake of
walking are communicating with themselves, and are aligning their
bodies, he says, with the rhythms of nature. Those who use their cars to
arrive at their destination do not have this communication or rapport.
Only those who walk are able to hear the internal voice and become one
with nature. The sounds, sights and smells of those in cars cannot be
compared, he says, with the sounds surrounding someone walking in a
laments that with the improvement of our transportation system and the
ability to arrive faster to our destinations, we have also, in his eyes,
become more isolated and alienated. He refers to how Le
Breton expresses it in his book In Praise of Walking, "When we walk we are
set free from the original requirements of our gaze and not only from the
space that we occupy; it also allows us to go inside to search for the
way." To walk this way we are improving our lives, seeing the internal map, and seeking the right way, the priest says.
are many different roads, different ways presented in the Scriptures.
There is the
way of the Samaritan who helped the person lying on the side of the
road, and the way of the priest and the Levite who both walked past him.
There is the way of the 11 disciples
and the way of Judas. There is the way of parents who can choose among
multiple ways to raise their children--good ways and bad ways. When we
ignore the right way or walk the wrong way, there will be confusion and
concludes with the ways our Blessed Mother took. Right after the
annunciation she quickly walked the mountainous road to the home of
Elizabeth. Because of Herod, Mary and Joesph took the road to Egypt to
live in exile. They took the wandering road to find Jesus in the temple.
During the public life of Jesus, Mary walked the roads in search of her
son, and finally, the road to the cross. She walked the ways that God
had spoken to her in her heart.