When I was hiking this past weekend, I found a strip of paper underneath a rock on the trail. It contained a quote that struck me as very true:
“I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within”
Every journey taken contains both intrinsic and metaphysical meaning. My hike may have been for the main purpose of getting outside and getting exercise, but my need to do this was driven by an alternate internal desire to be surrounded by the healing powers of nature. Just like the buddhist concept of the Yin and the Yang, you can’t define the meaning of one event without defining the greater purpose or reason of your intentions.