Outside a hostel in Cowgate, Edinburgh, a neon sign clarifies for us: “NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST.”
For many, wandering is a choice, a way of being able to see more.
Wandering finds expression in different forms in many cultures: faith pilgrimages; native Australian songlines; the labyrinth for pilgrims not able to undertake a long journey; quadrangles in academia and cloisters in ecclesia allowing people to walk and talk, recognising the link between movement and our thinking.
Wanderings can be physical journeyings or mental ones. They happen for a host of reasons, from slowing down, to exploring an idea more, to thinking through our response to some resistance by taking a new path.
The doodles are offered as a means of allowing the mind to wander, each prompted by a simple thought, the colouring asking us to go slowly, the images suggesting things we otherwise struggle to imagine.
SOMETHING TO DO: You may like to go for a wander sooner rather than later. It’s easy to do this where you live and by different means. I once read of someone who explored new places by following his nose rather than a map. Another way is to follow bird song. I once asked people to offer me directions and then wandered out to see where I would end up. You’re welcome to see where the same ones take you: right, right, left, right, left – but please be careful when crossing roads.
You can try combining this with the slow walking exercise, which is simply walking at half your normal speed and seeing what you notice.