Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of December 4, 2011
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of December 4, 2011
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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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"Then you will walk on your way securely and your
foot will not stumble."
Confucius offers us some fifth century wisdom worth
reclaiming in the twenty-first century through his
five excellent practices of pilgrimage. Perhaps his
practices could help us be better people of faith.
His five practices are brilliantly simple. First,
Confucius encourages us to practice the arts of
attention and listening. Secondly, practice the art
of renewing yourself daily. Third, he encourages
meandering walking to the center of every place.
Fourth, practice reading sacred texts. Finally,
he encourages praise and singing.
Thich Nhat Hanh also encourages us to walk with
gratitude. Gratitude reminds us how wonderful
life is. He teaches young people a simple verse
to practice while walking. "Oui, oui, oui," he
recommends people say to themselves as they breathe
in, and "Merci, merci, merci," as they breathe out
(Hanh, Thich Nhat. "The Long Road Turns to Joy,"
p. 36.) "Yes, yes, yes. Thanks, thanks, thanks."
It helps people respond to life, to society, and
to the Earth in a positive way.
Walking is good for our spirits. Confucius and
Thich Nhat Hanh are not alone with their encouragement
to walk in gratitude while singing. Many other
spiritual traditions also understand life is a
journey and we are all on a sacred path. Walk
tall, walk faithfully, walk music in your hearts.
A Navaho song calls us to, "Walk on a rainbow trail;
walk on a trail of song, and all about you will be
beauty. There is a way out of every dark mist, over
a rainbow trail."
Walking is good for our souls and Epicurus, a Greek
philosopher who lived 341 to 270 B.C., reminds us
that, "It is never too early or too late to care
for the well-being of your soul." Seneca, a Roman
philosopher, dramatist and statesman who lived 4
B.C. to 64 A.D., encourages us to "find a path or
make one." Anaxagorus, another Greek philosopher
who lived 500 to 428 B.C., taught in Athens that
"life is a journey." An ancient Ilocano saying
from the Northern Luzon Island in the Philippines
wisely reminds us to go slowly if we are going a
We can experience powerful meditative experiences
through the use of finger labyrinths as well, slowly
tracing the grooved path of the labyrinth with the
fingers of our dominant and non-dominant hands. Or
watch other walkers and let their movements become
part of your meditation.
Many of us who are Christians have much to learn from
other spiritual traditions. We will walk life better,
because we have cared enough to learn from other faiths
in an attitude of respect. Confucius and the other
wise sages have been a great blessing for me today.
How are your spiritual practices? Are they as excellent
as the ones suggested by the masters?
God, bless our souls with walking wisdom. As we journey
through life, help us be more mindful of our breath and
body movements. Empower our prayers with this awareness.
Grace and peace,
Chi Rho Press
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