I just got back from a few days of retreat with the Transforming Community in Chicago. This retreat we learned about the spiritual practice of Embodiment. Seeing the body as sacred. Being present to our bodies, caring for our bodies. Exploring what it means for the body to be a place of encounter with God. One of our exercises was to go on a prayer walk, so one morning in the wee hours I took a brisk stroll around the lake at the retreat centre.
The air was heavy and humid. The silence was deep. The beauty was astounding.
There was a very interesting juxtaposition of wilderness and stone bridges with pillars. Fascinating and lovely.
The deer were plentiful, curious, and very tame!
My body invigorated by walking. My spirit nurtured by silence. My soul nourished by beauty.
God present with me in all of it.