Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Praying Pilgrimage Into Class

My friend John Jerry Anthony Parente sent me this article about himself, and how he begins class at Chabot College. It is a pilgrimage!

HAYWARD — Before John Parente enters his classroom, he places his hands together in front of his chest, palms facing each other and fingers pointed upward. As soon as he makes his first step through the door, he carefully takes his next step directly in front of his previous step.

That continues for about 30 seconds, until he reaches his desk, normally a five-second walk.
Parente's students soon follow, trickling in one by one, one tiny step at a time.
"Most of their lives, these students are rushing around multi-tasking and there is no silence in their lives," Parente said. "It is a way for them to draw attention into the moment."
The way Parente is walking comes from the practices of Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist who focuses on bringing the mind and spirit together.


Got to try this...



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