The Living Mountain

Nan Shepherd was a Scottish writer and hill-walker, who described her experience of the Cairngorms as a kind of meditative participation in the landscape.

Last night I watched a beautiful and moving BBC TV documentary about her, and one of the quotations seemed to me to go to the heart of walking-as-meditation. She wrote, in a letter to a friend in 1940:

“To apprehend things – walking on a hill, seeing the light change, the mist, the dark, being aware, using the whole of one’s body to instruct the spirit… it dissolves one’s being. I am no longer myself, but a part of a life beyond myself.”


Beinn a’Chaorainn by Mark Knapton at English Wikipedia

The BBC TV Documentary, in the Secret Knowledge Series is called The Living Mountain: A Cairngorms Journey and there is an interesting article about the documentary and Nan on the BBC News website here.



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