“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
Walden is a record of Thoreau’s experiment with transcending ‘normal’ living in an attempt to understand the intrinsic nature of our existence.
A weekend in the woods is Walden in miniature, a philosophical retreat. We build our home on a piece of ground and explore life devoid of schedules, petty distractions and expectations. Camping out challenges us to experience directly providing for ourselves things that we take for granted at home.
Camping is a way to cultivate mindfulness; Walden is as valuable in this respect as any guide to camping gear or technique.
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