Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of December 3, 2006
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of December 3, 2006
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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Solved by Walking
"But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint."
Walking is good for our souls. Many walk for love
and wisdom. A local hospice program owns a large
portable labyrinth and calls their ministry, "walking
the trail of wisdom." By facilitating a number of my
own labyrinth walks and retreats, I have learned
walking helps us break old patterns of thinking,
doing, and being. Walking helps us honor body and
spirit. Everything instructs as we slow down and
see, listen, taste, feel, pause, and grow.
Walking helps release hurtful and negative feelings.
Walking is known as the perfect total-body exercise.
Here are four great reasons to walk: it brightens
your mood; it strengthens your body; it energizes
your mind; it burns calories (Fenton, Mark and the
Editors. "Walking: The New Walker's Logbook," p.
67). Oprah Winfrey has often said, "I've been
through every diet under the sun, and I can tell
you that getting up, getting out, and walking is
always the first goal."
Age-old wisdom reveals that aging people who remain
active maintain the vigor and strength of someone
ten to fifteen years younger. I looked at a walking
journal the other day, and it specifically mentioned
that we use more of our body's 650 muscles and 208
bones when we walk, than when we run. Walking also
helps prevent osteoporosis (age-related bone loss).
Step by step, we can breathe peace with every step.
By breathing a little slower and deeper, we enjoy
placing one step in front of the other. People
walk for all kinds of reasons. We walk for peace,
justice, civil rights, health and wellness, and
many other social causes. We walk and talk, walk
and meditate. We walk for our physical health,
so why not walk for our spiritual health?
The venerable Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us that
"everything depends on our steps. We struggle
in our mind and body, and don't touch the peace
and joy that are available right now the blue
sky, the green leaves, the eyes of our beloved"
(Hanh, Thich Nhat. "The Long Road Turns to Joy,"
p. 5). He calls us to be deeply mindful and in
touch with the present moment. Our understanding
of what is going on will deepen, and we can begin
to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace, and love.
Thich Nhat Hanh encourages everyone to begin to
practice walking meditation. Because it might
be new, we may feel unbalanced, like a baby
learning to walk. He says this, "Follow your
breathing, dwell mindfully on your steps, and
soon you will find your balance. Visualize a
tiger walking slowly, and you will find that
your steps become as majestic as his" (Ibid., p.
Walk and find strength with God.
God, help us build our strength by walking,
walking with You. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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