“Searcher,” is a name that James Kavanaugh originated for the groups of people he had in his workshops. Now there are many other names for people like this. Maybe “seekers” or “travelers, or “the enlightened.”
As you have probably guessed by now almost everything in my life revolves around hiking. So why wouldn’t you be a searcher, seeker, traveler or enlightened when you go hiking? It seems natural enough.
Once again, nature is the answer to many things. When you are hiking you are in touch with your nature and nature itself. You are searching for the top. It is up there somewhere. Just keep looking. Of course, it might help if you pick up your pace a little!
Nature reminds you of how insignificant you are in the big scheme of things. This way your perspective on life is more balanced. After all, you are no big deal and I am no big deal. Yet, we are a part of the cosmos.
Kavanaugh says his “searchers” are people focused on their inner being. Certainly, when you are hiking alone there is much time for inner reflection. So this is another reason hikers are “searchers.”
Once I wrote a song while climbing a mountain. You can get a lot done when you focus inward.
Living In the Present
This is another section in the book which is certainly talked about incessantly these days. When you are hiking you better be present or you find yourself sprawled across the trail.
Present conditions in the mountains dictate how you prepare. Your present physical state dictates how fast you will get to the top.
If you are a hiker, how many times have you enjoyed the breeze blowing against your face or even the cold clinging to your nose? If you haven’t noticed these things start to do so. When you’re dead you won’t be able to feel the breeze anymore. Take advantage of that ability now!