Yet if we choose, we can be more intentional in our walking. We may want to bring some discipline, some easy rigor to our eyes and feet. Because there is always more to see than we can casually capture. And if we bring our aimless and focused attention to this, we can see more of what is always there. Now I enjoy the aimless walk as much as anyone, yet I treasure the moments in which I see something from a different perspective and thus gain some new insight or memory of beauty. Doesn't that require both the discipline and the aimlessness? And, in truth, when we learn the way of this, there is really very little reason to do otherwise.
One way I think of this is a walking prayer - to be shown the wonder and overriding delight that the natural and human-made world offers, to bring my body and heart to the endless dance, and to watch with quiet excitement whatever manifests.