No. 10, The Forest (November 2008)

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Table of contents

01.   Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)

02.   Frazer, The Golden Bough (1911)

03.   Beech coppard, Blackweir Pond

04.   Directions

05.   Map of Epping Forest

06.   Walking Meditation

07.   Oak glade, Little Monk Wood

08.   Frazer, The Golden Bough (1911)

09.   Oak tree, Long Hills

10.   Graves, The Greek Myths (1955)

11.   Birch and oak bundle, Furze Ground

12.   Frazer, The Golden Bough (1911)

13.   Beech pollard and holly bush, Loughton Camp

14.   Mauss and Hubert, Sacrifice (1899)

15.   Beech coppice, Loughton Camp

Forest walking is a meditative practice proper to the physiology and psychology of man, that creature who first raised his eyes from the ground, and in doing so from the immediacy of his animal needs, to look upon the world around him with a uniquely human gaze. It is this that the contemporary walker should seek to rediscover on his journey through the forest: the heightened consciousness and long contemplation of the horizontal and continuous plane of nature through which the vertical and fleeting figure of man passes, slowly, balancing on one foot at a time, with measured pace and springy step, when he walks.

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