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middle march 3

  If you came this way,
Taking any route, starting from anywhere,
At any time or at any season,
It would always be the same: you would have to put off
Sense and notion. You are not here to verify,
Instruct yourself, or inform curiosity
Or carry report. You are here to kneel
Where prayer has been valid.

I’ve been thinking about these words of TS Eliot from Little Gidding in Four Quartets as I have been plodding over the past days.  I am not sure about putting off sense and notion, it is hard to do this walking through a rich and varied landscape (and there is also the need not to fall over).  But this journey is about visiting some places where prayer has been valid and I know that compulsion to kneel.  Time to reflect more deeply on the connections between prayer, place, walking, landscape and holy sites.

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