“What is this Titan that has possession of me? Talk of mysteries!—Think of our life in nature,—daily to be shown matter, to come in contact with it,—rocks, trees, wind on our cheeks! the solid earth! the actual world! the common sense! Contact! Contact! Who are we? where are we?”
The above excerpt is from the essay “Ktaadn,” in Thoreau’s book The Maine Woods, inspired by Thoreau’s experience of reaching the peak of Mt. Ktaadn. It speaks to the power that Nature has to move us, to create a sense of deep connection—and to make us question ourselves and the world around us. This is the power of a “Walden”—a place in Nature that inspires you, makes you see things through different eyes, and causes wonder and awe. It’s often a place you know well, but it can also be a place you’ve visited just once in person, but often revisit in your mind. Now, tell us…Where’s Your Walden?SM
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