By Krysta Gibson
Walking the Divine Way
A Book of Moving Meditations with Likely and Unlikely Saints
by Gina Marie Mammano
Okay, this is the book for those who say they can’t meditate because they like to move and can’t sit still long enough for a meditation. It’s also for those who want to deepen their experience of the divine by walking. Through combining mindful walking, inspiring phrases and spiritual exercises, we’re led into the world of ancient and contemporary spiritual luminaries; people like Wendell Berry, Mary Oliver, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Hildegard of Bingen, John O’Donahue and others.
Each adventure gives us an introduction to the spiritual luminary, a camino divina adventure and sitting meditation focused on that person’s wisdom, additional sayings and resources for expanding the experience, reflection questions and practice, and a longer version of the walk.
In an oversimplification, the idea is to take a brief sentence or saying and allow yourself to enter it deeply while walking and noticing the world around you. The entire book feels very poetic and even just reading the adventures can put you into an altered state. The book certainly encourages you to pay more attention during the day and to be more aware of the sounds and activities taking place in nature. This is a powerful, fun, and practical book that can help to deepen one’s connection to the divine.