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I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing inspiration, quotes and
religious resources. This Home Page is changed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You are warmly
invited to read every quote posted for each theme, or simply to read those that interest you. They are
offered in the belief that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and that finding the commonality
in religions is more important than pointing up the differences. Religion is precious gift that blesses the
individual and uplifts the community. However you worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. Let
us meet regularly and build a spiritual network. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.
On Today's Theme:
I never expected to put up a "walking" theme on The Religion Network,
but I was struck by the LA Time's description of the walk that over two
million Muslims are making this week in Mecca. As part of their hajj,
whose literal translation is "to set out for a place," every pilgrim will
walk seven times in a counterclockwise direction around the Kaaba. The
Kaaba is a black stone cube building that dates well before the birth of
Muhammad in 570. The walk, or tawaaf, begins at the eastern corner of
the building, into which is set a black stone said to have been brought
from paradise by the Archangel Gabriel.
If you'd like to see a minute of this year's tawaaf, click:
2008 Tawaaf in Mecca
Now, as a dog owner living in a townhouse, I get to take a walk four times
a day, an activity during which I get some solid thinking done. Perhaps you
hike or exercise on a treadmill and think. Many Christians have performed
the ancient ritual of walking the labyrinth,
a true meditative journey into
the innerworkings of the soul. Like any form of walking, it can be made a
pilgrimage if we allow it to be so. At the very least, walking clears the
head, brightens the heart and gets the blood flowing! At its very best,
the rhythm and movement of walking can augment prayer.
- Lisa Bowman
Keep walking, though there's no place to get to.
Don't try to see through the distances.
That's not for human beings.
Move within, but don't move the way fear makes you move.
Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened.
Don't open the door to the study and begin reading.
Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
Persian Sufi philosopher, theologian and poet
It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy.
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1977)
Nun and Nobel Peace Prize winner
Walking uplifts the spirit. Breathe out the poisons of tension,
stress and worry; breathe in the power of God. Send forth
little silent prayers of goodwill toward those you meet. Walk
with a sense of being a part of a vast universe. Consider the
thousands of miles of earth beneath your feet; think of the
limitless expanse of space above your head. Walk in awe,
wonder and humility. Walk at all times of day. In the early
morning when the world is just waking up. Late at night
under the stars. Along a busy city street at noontime.
Wilferd A. Peterson (1900-1995)
Author of "The Art of Living"
I know the joy of fishes in the river through
my own joy, as I go walking along the same river.
Chuang Tzu (c.369 - c.286)
Grant me to walk in beauty and that my eyes may ever behold
the crimson sunset. May my hands treat with respect the
things which thou hast created; may my ears
hear thy voice!
From a Sioux prayer
...and now, The Last Word:
Where'er you walk, cool gales shall fan the glade.
Trees, where you sit, shall crowd into a shade:
Where'er you tread, the blushing flow'rs shall rise,
And all things flourish where you turn your eyes.
Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
One of the great British poets of 18th century
Random Bonus Quote:
I once bought my kids a set of batteries
for Christmas with a note on it saying,
"Toys not included."
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