THIS MEDITATION INVITES you to use your feet as a metronome, creating a rhythmic beat to your walking while the mind recites a sacred phrase. As the body participates in the prayer, the repetition provides a sort of psychic tattoo in the spirit.
As your feet come in contact with the earth, gratefully affirm the divine foundation of your existence. As you place one foot in front of the other with intentional focus on the contact of your soles with the ground, you embody — or symbolize — your soul’s encounter with the Ground of Being. Express gratitude to the Creator God for the interaction of nerve and muscle that makes walking possible. …
For the musically inclined, familiar songs or hymns can provide inspiration with a rhythmic beat. Here are some suggestions; consult your own memory bank for songs that are meaningful to you:
- “For the Beauty of the Earth”
- “Amazing Grace”
- “How Firm a Foundation”
- “Jesus Loves Me”
– Linda Douty
Praying in the Messiness of Life
From pages 29-30 of Praying in the Messiness of Life: 7 Ways to Renew Your Relationship with God by Linda Douty. Copyright © 2011 by Linda Douty. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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The LORD makes poor and makes rich; he brings low, he also exalts.
1 Samuel 2:7 , NRSV
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This week we remember: Gertrude the Great of Helfta (November 16).
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