Thursday, 1 December 2016

Walking on the Earth

Another of Barbara Brown Taylor's chapters in An Altar in the World is based on 'the practice of walking on the earth' - summarised as groundedness.

It is something that most of us do - and here is the challenge to do it in a more aware, more reflective, more taking account of the presence of God way -

"Not everyone is able to walk, but most people can, which makes walking one of the most easily available spiritual practices of all.  All it takes is the decision to walk with some awareness, both of who you are and what you are doing.  Where you are going is not as important,  however counterintuitive that may seem.  To detach the walking from the destination is in fact one of the best ways to recognise the altars you are passing right by all the time.  Most of us spend so much time thinking about where we have been or where we are supposed to be going that we have a hard time recognising where we actually are.  When someone asks us where we want to be in our lives, the last thing that occurs to us is to look down at our feet and say, "Here, I guess, since this is where I am."

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