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7.31.18 … And yes, stillness is vital to the world of my soul …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Labyrinth Walks, Cathedral of St. Philip – Atlanta GA:

So, I was a little off today. It was a muggy Tuesday morning in Atlanta and weather forecast was for rain for the next few days . I drove in last night and spent the evening with my mom. I was feeling guilty because I had not been here since the first week of July. Although in the past, she made me feel guilty, I think she is now processing that she really doesn’t remember when I was here last and how long ago it was. Her expression of joy at seeing me unnerves me a little bit.

I purchased my Starbucks treats and pulled into St. Phillip’s. As I walked into the sacred space, I noticed in a large planter filled with cigarette butts and a doggy poop bag. So my walk did not start off well given that there is a trashcan within 100 feet of this deposit. I thought to myself, REALLY!

I realized that in order to make this walk beneficial, I might focus on my saved quotations from the last few days. So here they are:

RETURN TO YOURSELF

Stillness is vital to the world of the soul. If as you age you become more still, you will discover that stillness can be a great companion. The fragments of your life will have time to unify, and the places where your soul-shelter is wounded or broken will have time to knit and heal. You will be able to return to yourself. In this stillness, you will engage your soul. Many people miss out on themselves completely as they journey through life. They know others, they know places, they know skills, they know their work, but tragically, they do not know themselves at all. Aging can be a lovely time of ripening when you actually meet yourself, indeed maybe for the first time. There are beautiful lines from T. S. Eliot that say:

‘And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time.’

John O’Donohue

Excerpt from ANAM CARA

On my way out, I cleaned out the planter.

And yes, stillness is vital to the world of my soul.

7.31.18


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