Slow Food for Thought

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(beautiful art by Loren Webster)

 

Take refuge in your senses, open up
To all the small miracles you rushed through.

Become inclined to watch the way of rain
When it falls slow and free.

Imitate the habit of twilight,
Taking time to open the well of color
That fostered the brightness of day.

Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.
Be excessively gentle with yourself.

Stay clear of those vexed in spirit.
Learn to linger around someone of ease
Who feels they have all the time in the world.

Gradually, you will return to yourself,
Having learned a new respect for your heart
And the joy that dwells far within slow time.

– John O’Donohue

“Slow time” is a pair of words I like to linger within, when I can remember to slow down long enough to do so. It reminds me of a Japanese phrase- “mono no aware”- the heightened, yet transient ahh-ness of things. What comes to mind right away when I think about this are lifecycle moments: a peony at its peak, ready to drip its plethora of petals, a moist forest carpeted with the plums and browns of decaying leaves just before the snows come in, or a young fawn on spindly legs still speckled with the soft signs of just being born. I remember having just discovered the term “mono no aware” on a hot summer day in Palm Springs, California. Looking up at the sky for the first time with this new awareness gave me such a fresh perspective. It brought me immediately into a place of gladness, presence, and the present. How long would the sky remain that shade of blue? When would that cloud formation change into a new form? I didn’t know, but in that moment, I granted myself the time to appreciate every second before me- each tinge of perfection and change in its own current and unique state. I had somehow entered into “slow time”.

Greeting at the Entrance

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Come along! The journey begins here.

 

Where will it take us? To the soft familiar loam of our daily lives, to the rocky crags of the creative calculated risk, to the open fields of green-seeded possibility, or to the rich red treasure-caves of our own hearts?  Where will it take us? I, too, would love to know! You are invited, cordially invited by the way, to the journey of camino divina— walking the divine way.  We will be accompanied by the words of amazing writers and sages like Annie Dillard, John Muir,  Wendell Berry, Flannery O’Connor, John O’Donohue, T.S. Eliot, and Rainer Maria Rilke, among others.

Each blog post on this site will be an opportunity to share with me and your new  camino divina community the insights, stories, and revelations you experience on the road. Pick up a copy of the book at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, or at the many places it is sold, online or in person, and join us on the journey! I’ll be poking my head in as well and sharing my thoughts and insights. It looks to be an amazing gathering. So . . . get ready . . . here we go . . .

and here we are, at the entrance of a great adventure . . .

 

Available Spring 2016
Pre-orders available on Amazon.com!
Camino Divina—Walking the Divine Way: A Book of Moving Meditations with Likely and Unlikely Saints

Drawing on the practices of lectio divina and walking meditation, camino divina helps you explore new worlds inside yourself as well as re-view the natural world around you by combining mindful walking, inspiring phrases and compelling spiritual exercises. For individuals and groups, this is a powerful practice you can take with you wherever you go.

Gina Marie Mammano is author of Camino Divina- Walking the Divine Way: A Book of Moving Meditations by Likely and Unlikely Saints published by SkyLights Path Publishing