Don’t Read This. Go Outside.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Aug 29, 2010
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The World (Wide Web) is Not Enough.

I just spent four hours offline—one of only, say, two or three times I’ve spent so long away from the computer in two years during waking hours.

{My mission, my dreams, my livelihood are now all anchored online, and I’m ambitious to fulfill all three after “wasting” six years building up a national magazine, only to discover, the hard way, that there is no such thing as eco-responsible distribution}

Other than the stress of knowing elephant journal’s readership was to decline with every half hour I failed to post to our twitter and facebook accounts, and failed to edit and publish new articles via our many writers…it was relaxing. My dog and I reconnected after a few months apart, when he spent most of his time with a ladypal and her dog. We ran (and cycled) about town, never going more than a half hour without jumping in the creek.

It took that long, four hours, for the sun and children and community and cyclists and random friends and water to awaken my mind from the two-dimensional world of the internet. The information age has soaked my brain in second-hand electricity. It took that long for the world to begin to seem multi-dimensional and real, in an unreal way, again.

And so, above, I post a perhaps ”

The Most Representative Romantic Painting » Caspar David Friedrich, Wanderer above the Sea of Fog.”

…A painting I’ve loved since my days in college.

And so, below, I offer a few quotes I’ve found from Henry David Thoreau, who regarded Nature as God, and vice versa, and urged us to care for the one as we would love the other.

What are your favorite nature quotes? Leave one in comments, below, and enrich all who read this.

An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.

In my afternoon walk I would fain forget all my morning occupations and my obligations to society.

In wilderness is the preservation of the world.

Henry David Thoreau


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


15 Responses to “Don’t Read This. Go Outside.”

  1. Becka says:

    Go outside and play! Or grab a cup of green tea and stretch out on the hammock 🙂

  2. MissCory says:

    "I love man not less, but nature more"

    "Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each." — H.D.Thoreau

    "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."– John Muir

  3. elephantjournal says:

    Loooove the second and third. Thanks for all!

  4. Steph says:

    “When I contemplate such ordinary creatures as pigs, chickens, ducks, lazy cats, sparrows, goldfish and squids I begin to have irrepressibly odd notions about the true shapes of angels.”
    – Alan Watts

  5. Christy says:

    Omg that 2nd one is perfect for my book I'm writing. Thank you!!

  6. "Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time." ~ John Lubbock

  7. yogadon says:

    Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them.
    – Mark Twain

  8. […] between ‘attention’, ‘mindfulness’ and ‘a good life’ and see how the triad mixes with our time online. We can argue that a mindful life should strive to fill itself with only those ‘studies’ that […]

  9. Melanie says:

    "There is a pleasure in the pathless woods
    There is a rapture on the lonely shore
    There is society, where none intrudes
    By the deep sea and music in its roar;
    I love not man the less, but Nature more,
    From these interviews, in which I steal
    From all I may be, or have been before,
    To mingle with the Universe, and feel
    What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal."

  10. […] 3. Sit all day. If you have to go somewhere, drive. Don’t even think of walking or riding your bike. Moving around is over-rated, right? You might experience your blood flowing through your body, your heart beating, your breath quickening. You might feel something. Also––stay indoors at all costs. […]

  11. Waylon says:

    Loooove that.

  12. […] is key, here, too). 9. Get away from everything. Go on a hike. Nothing will save you…but Nature will save you: “There is a pleasure in the pathless woods There is a rapture on the lonely shore There is […]

  13. Tracey says:

    "I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.”~ Frank Lloyd Wright,

    "Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."Ancient Indian Proverb

    Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. – Anne Frank

  14. […] Favorite way to get into wilderness and enjoy nature? […]

  15. Chelsea says:

    A few of my favourites:

    Walks. The body advances, while the mind flutters around it like a bird. ~Jules Renard

    It is not easy to walk alone in the country without musing upon something. ~Charles Dickens

    I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. ~John Muir, 1913, in L.M. Wolfe, ed., John Muir, John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, 1938

    Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow. ~Henry David Thoreau
    (Always true for me. Sometimes, I begin to feel fuzzy and foggy. I know not the cure. I begin to walk in search, and clarity comes.)

    Love your way, Waylon.