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.
One of my all time favorite authors, Richard Rohr just endorsed the book! He is a treasure- writing books with titles like “Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self” and “Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life” among many others. I would highly recommend him, and am truly grateful for his ongoing “Yes”-ness to myself and the world!
“For one who teaches walking meditation, I wish I could
make this lovely book required reading for all my students.
Although it is equally good for anybody–walking or not–on how to
see, how to sense, and how to savor. Walk with the saints–
and become one, it might just be saying!”
Center for Action and Contemplation
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Well, the book Camino Divina- Walking the Divine Way: A Book of Moving Meditations with Likely and Unlikely Saints is finally birthed and making its way into the world. Little feet . . . big plans for striding out its path of interior adventure and natural goodness.
Have you tried a camino divina walk yet?
If so, what did the adventure show you? Teach you? We would love to hear your stories, see your pictures! Post them in response to this blog. Can’t wait to find out what’s birthing in you!