I am reading the autobiography of Satish Kumar, editor of Resurgence magazine, who was a Jain monk for nine years from the age of 9, until he became involved in the Vinoba Bhave Land Reform Movement, and then set off on a walk from India, without money, across the world. His story is inspiring. Here is a quote from it:
In wandering I felt a sense of union with the whole sky, the infinite earth and sea. I felt myself a part of the cosmic existence. It was as if by walking I was making love to the earth itself. Wandering was my path, my true self, my true being. It released my soul-force, it brought me in relation to everything else. I stood like I stand in front of the mirror. People, nature, everything became like a mirror and I could see myself in them, what I was. I was born in a dream of wandering, a seed conceived in my mother. . .
No Destination – An Autobiography by Satish Kumar, Green Books, 1992