Walking, listening, pausing

We practice presence so that we might cultivate our ability to really hear the voice of nature speaking to us This morning my pre-ordered copy of Christine Valter-Paintner’s new book “Earth, Our Original Monastery” arrived on my Kindle. In the very first chapter she advises getting out in nature, “simply walking, listening, and pausing”. OfContinue reading “Walking, listening, pausing”

Silence wins through

We are forever writing our inner commentaries on everything, commentaries that always reach the same practiced conclusions In the beginning of a Camino silence only breaks through in patches. Although the forests and fields are free of human noise my own thoughts and worries crowd in. Most of my thinking in the early stages isContinue reading “Silence wins through”

Going on pilgrimage

Going on pilgrimage is a journey of trust, discovery, and frequently, serendipity. “The Camino provides” is an oft-quoted adage. The difficulties of the road teach pilgrims to trust. Experienced pilgrims trust that accommodation will be found, that opportunities for meeting just the right person will arise, that fatigue or blisters will be an excuse forContinue reading “Going on pilgrimage”

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