The Slow Path
“Life is what happens when we are doing other things”. A line from a John Lennon song, which I am sure many have heard.
Yet, how is it we behave as though we are speeding through life, on a journey to somewhere else, the aim being to finish the race and then, miraculously, all will be well. We will be successful, or rich, or smart or in heaven, if that’s what our end game is. For this is how we live. Busy, busy, busy! When all the while it is the journey itself which is our life, with its ups and downs, sorrows and joys and its many challenges. As Alan Watts has said “it is like music, our life, its a musical thing and we are supposed to sing or to dance whilst the music is being played.”
Walking the Camino, was a journey within a journey. To stop, slow down, get into a rhythm and see how marvellous and wonderful it is to be alive was such a gift. To sense a spiritual layer beneath our lives, and to tease out our calling or our vocation out of that was such a gift. For many it is an awakening to a different life.
So I have put together a small movie, a few photos and some music, to take you there, just for a moment. Perhaps to sense the music.
I also add this wonderful prayer by Michael Leunig…
We pray this day for another way of being:
another way of knowing.
Across the difficult terrain of our existence
we have attempted to build a highway
and in so doing have lost our footpath.
God lead us to our footpath:
Lead us there where in simplicity
we may move at the speed of natural creatures
and feel the earth’s love beneath our feet.
Lead us there where step-by-step we may feel
the movement of creation in our hearts.
And lead us there where side-by-side
we may feel the embrace of the common soul.
Nothing can be loved at speed.
God lead us to the slow path; to the joyous insights
of the pilgrim; another way of knowing: another way of being.
We may be pilgrims but it is in the living that we find life.