Muir’s Philosophy

John Muir's philosophy,

“As long as I live I’ll hear the birds & the winds & the waterfalls sing. I’ll interpret the rocks & learn the language of flood & storm & avalanche. I’ll make the acquaintance of the wild gardens & the glaciers & get as near to the heart of this world as I can.

As so I did.

I sauntered about from rock to rock, from grove to grove, from stream to stream. Whenever I met a new plant I would sit down beside it, hear what it had to tell, make its acquaintance for a minute or a day.

I asked the boulders where they had been & whether they were going. And where night found me there I camped.

I took no more heed to save time or to make haste then did the trees or the stars. This is true freedom. A good practical sort of immortality.”

John Muir

About Laura Grace Weldon

Laura Grace Weldon is the author of four books and served as 2019 Ohio Poet of the Year. She's the editor of Braided Way: Faces & Voices of Spiritual Practice. She works as a book editor, teaches writing workshops, and maxes out her library card each week.
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