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Lent 3.30

In the book Silence by Thich Nhat Hanh, he suggests that we can practice silence through movement.  He proposes that we can walk mindfully, intentionally in the silence and can deepen our awareness of who we are and whose we are.  Here are his words:

If you're just starting out, try dedicating five minutes every day to walking quietly and mindfully.  When you are alone, you can do it as slowly as you like.  You may find it helpful to begin by walking very slowly, taking one step with each in-breath, one step with each out-breath.  As you breathe in, you make one step; and you walk in such a way that with that one step, that one in-breath, your thinking mind can come totally to a stop.  If it hasn't fully stopped, then just pause, and stay there mindfully breathing in and out until you have completely stopped thinking.  You will fill it.  In a state of mindful being, something really does change physically and mentally. 

If you succeed in making one step like that, then you know that you can make two steps like that.  You begin with just five minutes, but you find yourself enjoying it so much that you like doing it several times a day.  

You are released; you gain freedom.  And with that kind of freedom, with that kind of release, healing becomes possible.  Life becomes possible.  Joy becomes possible.

I hope you'll consider walking in slow silence this day.  Just try it.  Let yourself be silent with God even as you move.


Posted by Laurie Weicher at 6:00 AM
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