Friday, June 6, 2014

Walking is falling forward.



In the series, "To Walk the World" in NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (Dec. 2013), Paul Salopek gives us a there is a wonderful definition or description of walking:

Walking is falling forward.

Each step we take is an arrested plunge, a collapse averted, a disaster braked.  in this way, to walk becomes an act of faith.  We perform it daily: a two-beat miracle--an iambic teetering, a holding on and letting go

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How cool is this!

Buen Camino!

B

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Need to Walk

I have a need to walk.

Maybe becasue it's the end of the semester.

I think it has to do with the rhythm of life.

I need to walk.

Because we had to scrap the walk along St. Cuthbert's Way, there is still a need to walk.  I'm mostly going to walk part of the Camino to visit a friend and visit with pilgrims who come along the way.

I need to walk.

Buen camino!

B

Monday, May 12, 2014

Update on Spring Pilgrimage: Spain!

Because of the low numbers the pilgrimage along St. Cuthbert's Way was cancelled.

However, I'm going to walk parts of the Camino, going to a small Albergue outside of Leon, Spain to spend time with a co-hort of pilgrims.

Buen Camino!

B

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Still Room for Pilgrims on St. Cuthbert's Way Pilgrimage!



Still room for more!

St. Cuthbert's Way Pilgrimage: May 24-31, 2014!

65 miles/5 days/6 nights.

$990.

Melrose Abbey, Scotland to Lindisfarne, England.

Trail Trekkers will be transporting equipment, preparing food and shelter.

Come for this time of communion with the saints above and right here on earth!

Buen Camino!

B

How Pilgrimage Teaches Us About Lent

From my article on Huffingtonpost.com:

For Christians, Lent is a season that is almost synonymous with the word "journey". In preparation for Easter, for 40 days, many people choose either to give up something, as Jesus did when he practiced fasting in the wilderness, or to re-focus on a Christian spiritual practice with a renewed sense of purpose. Whether one relinquishes something favored or adopts new habits, such activity is meant to lead people to remember the pattern of the Last Supper that prefigures an act of Godly love, the sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross, culminating in the celebration of the divine resurrection of Christ.
While I am usually drawn either to surrender or take on new during Lent, my attention this year is on the high incidence of traveling metaphors commonly used by writers, speakers, pastors, and priests alike, when describing Lent. The intent of using this language is to assist believers in focusing on the progress or process of transformation in this hallowed season. As I read and hear from religious leaders, some of my favorite ways of traversing over the 40-day period of Lent is as follows: one goes on a mysterious journey as one follows Jesus; Lent is a sacred pilgrimage into the desert of our lives accompanied by Christ's spirit. Or it is a solemn trek into an unknown land requiring us to rely upon the Spirit to give us strength in our time of praying and fasting. Other teachers talk of wandering on the road of temptation and forgiveness, or maybe a trail of remembrances, reflecting upon what Jesus has done and is doing for us. A few seek to be on a quest for a deeper understanding of the mystery of forgiveness as we make our way along a pathway toward more meaningful faith, one step at a time.

Read more here:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brett-webbmitchell/how-pilgrimage-teaches-us_b_5024561.html

Buen Camino!

B

Friday, March 14, 2014

Map of St. Cuthbert's Way





Here's a map of St. Cuthbert's Way.

There's still a place for you: six are signed up and six spots left!

Contact me ASAP!

Buen Camino!

B

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Pilgrimage and Story



I gave a talk on pilgrimage at Emory and Henry College, in which I pulled on the string of thought that pilgrimage is a trail we walk shadowed by a story.

I heard someone say or write something similar recently, and liked it in terms of putting our life journey into the context of a larger story that we are part of, and in which we find meaning.

The problem with it is linear: not all journeys are linear, and same with stories.

Also: how does  one understand the multiple levels of how a story, and a pilgrimage, affect us? 

Finally: is it my story that tells me who I am, or am I the writer of the story? Is it possible that the story is unfolding and not complete?

Buen camino!

B