The Reveries of a Solitary Walker

I don’t have one specific place to go to when I need to recharge my batteries, but I have a ritual which usually makes me feel a bit better.

An early morning experience – a walk, cycle, run, or just gazing out of a train window after an overnight journey. These moments are invariably alone, but sometimes with close family members, a camera or a sketchbook.

My main aim is to have a few moments of quiet, to hopefully listen to the birds and watch the sun come up and to realise that life is about more that whatever stresses I have been contemplating during a night of restless sleep.

These are some of the places where I had early morning reveries.

The Reveries of a Solitary Walker is by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, a philosopher, writer, and composer of the eighteenth century, whose political philosophy influenced the Enlightenment in France and across Europe. The book contains ten meditative “walks”. This short paragraph comes from his Seventh Walk:
“Reverie relaxes and amuses me; reflection tires and saddens me; thinking always was a painful and charmless occupation for me. Sometimes my reveries end in meditation, but more often my meditations end in reverie; and during these wanderings, my soul rambles and glides through the universe on the wings of imagination, in ecstasies which surpass every other enjoyment.” The Reveries of a Solitary Walker is by Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

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  1. You’ve chosen to share some lovely spots.

    janet

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