"How to Walk" and/or "Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk"/Ben Cardin Trail/Schaefer's
We'll walk part of the Ben Cardin Trail in Maryland and then head to lunch TBD. For this event you can either read “How to Walk”by Nhat Hanh and/or “Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk” by Kathleen Rooney. We'll meet at Schaefer's at 11:00 AM and take a 5 mile walk (2.5 each way) (more or less depending on the group) and then go to lunch and discuss the book(s).
LOCATION: Shaefer's Canal House https://www.schaeferscanalhouse.com/
TIME: 11:00 AM - ? PM
BOOK(S): "How to Walk" by Thich Nhat Hanh and/or "Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk" by Kathleen Rooney. You choose based on your interest. Read one or both.
"How to Walk" is the fourth title in Parallax’s popular Mindfulness Essentials Series of how-to titles by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, introducing beginners and reminding seasoned practitioners of the essentials of mindfulness practice. Slow, concentrated walking while focusing on in- and out-breaths allows for a unique opportunity to be in the present. There is no need to arrive somewhere—each step is the arrival to concentration, joy, insight, and the momentary enlightenment of aliveness. When your foot touches the Earth with awareness, you make yourself alive and the Earth real, and you forget for one minute the searching, rushing, and longing that rob our daily lives of awareness and cause us to "sleepwalk" through life.
Thich Nhat Hanh shares amusing stories of the impact mindful walking has on both the walker and those who notice him, and shows how mindful walking can be a technique for diminishing depression, recapturing wonder, and expressing gratitude. Pocket-sized, with original two color illustrations by Jason DeAntonis, How to Walk is a unique gift for all ages, sharing a simple practice that can have a profound effect on practitioners.
"Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk" “In my reckless and undiscouraged youth,” Lillian Boxfish writes, “I worked in a walnut-paneled office thirteen floors above West Thirty-Fifth Street…”
She took 1930s New York by storm, working her way up writing copy for R.H. Macy’s to become the highest paid advertising woman in the country. It was a job that, she says, “in some ways saved my life, and in other ways ruined it.”
Now it’s the last night of 1984 and Lillian, 85 years old but just as sharp and savvy as ever, is on her way to a party. It’s chilly enough out for her mink coat and Manhattan is grittier now—her son keeps warning her about a subway vigilante on the prowl—but the quick-tongued poetess has never been one to scare easily. On a walk that takes her over 10 miles around the city, she meets bartenders, bodega clerks, security guards, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be, while reviewing a life of excitement and adversity, passion and heartbreak, illuminating all the ways New York has changed—and has not.
Lillian figures she might as well take her time. For now, after all, the night is still young.