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A Quiet Day at a Monastery yesterday preparing for a very full and very promising couple of weeks.
The simple joy of a day of silence, a good meal, a wise and reticent conversation with a sister, rooting what is to come in prayer.
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Finally out for a walk after Easter.
A good hill to climb up and over and round.
First dinner stop – on the hill fort after very heavy (and unforecast) rain and hail. Good April weather.
Walking by myself. Plenty of time to think and ponder and be. To relax and use muscles and heart. Quiet enough to see deer and birds of prey. Spring unfurling as I watch.
Second dinner stop – coming off the hill. Dried out.
A day off very well spent. I need to get my fitness up a few notches before the Cistercian Way in the autumn – but there is plenty of time and a lot of enjoyment in that.
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Holy people make you feel better than you are. Good people make you feel worse than you are.
There’s a definite path to walk here …
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I am reading and thinking a lot about stability at the moment.
And then I see this:
Rather than escaping, I will stay and explore and go deeper
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I was hoping to do at least a day of walking last week as I had a few days off to recover from Easter. Unfortunately I picked up a bit of a lurgy which meant my body commanded me to rest completely. I’m back to fitness now – in time to return to work – but I did manage to read a bit.
Here is a very good piece by Lucy Ridsdale on The Medicine of Long Distance Walking for the Twenty First Century Soul which is definitely worth reading.
I’ve also started Kathleen Norris’ Dakota: A Spiritual Geography. I will post more on this book when I have finished it, but it is wonderful – something to treasure and to be fed by.
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There are lots of very good things coming together on this blog this Easter.
Here is an article by Gillian Ahlgren on how Teresa of Avila’s The Interior Castle has impacted on her over the years.
I am looking forward to continuing work with Gillian as the fruits of the Christian mystical tradition inform and feed work with those on the margins of our society, and work with those on the margins transforms and deepens our understandings of the traditions.
Gillian’s new book Enkindling Love: The Legacy of Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross will be published in the UK next month.
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I usually post shots from the top of hills from when I’m out walking. I climb this hill almost every day from St Bede’s and home at the bottom. This is a stunningly beautiful shot that Meenakshi took yesterday.