The Walk
Quiet the Noise
Keep Your Own Counsel
Enjoy the Solitude

February 7 edition 

Our walking meditation reminds us to breathe in and to breathe out slowly.

We focus on planting our feet on the earth to reach down like tree roots which reach out to other roots and interconnect. 

We, too, must connect to what we find most meaningful. We are not alone but have an interconnected web of life----interdpendent together.

We have the capacity to change; however, we can only change ourselves.  We can focus on our own actions and judgments which are human consequences of human choices.

And we want to focus on treating others the way we want to be treated. 

In her book WHEN THINGS FALL APART, Buddhist nun Pema Chodron explains how when we start moving away from right versus wrong, we widen our circle of compassion.  She calls it a “middle way.”  She asks the question, “... Could we see, hear, feel other people as they really are?”  The “middle way” asks us to do this over our own need to prove one side right and one side wrong. 

 

In our Walk, may we slow down and close our ears to their words and try to see them as their underlying emotions.

Charlotte Melling

Board of Community and Communication

 

Source for WHEN THINGS FALL APART is Elizabeth G. Howard who works on the Unity World Headquarters web team.

 

 

The Walk
Quiet the Noise
Keep Your Own Counsel
Enjoy the Solitude

January 7 edition 

Grounding Ourselves

In this new year, before we can look outward, we must first ground ourselves.

As you walk in your home, the neighborhood, or a park, focus on your feet. Place your heel firmly on the ground. (The earth is under your floor or the road.) Connect with the earth. Reach downward like a tree sending its roots into the soil. The roots curl around rocks and connect with other tree roots. As you reach down, take in a deep breath. As you step firmly again, slowly release your breath. We cannot willfully clear our minds, but as we step, breathe in and breathe out, our minds will begin to open to our thoughts and to our surroundings.  

Become fully alert in spirit, mind, and body. God is creating us from the inside out. We are forever yearning, developing, growing, and changing for the good. This may be hard to see, but it is true.

Delight in taking what is given, to see what is plain.

If you are unable to walk, I invite you to settle into your seat, ground your sit bones. This meditation is also for you. 

 

Charlotte Melling,

Member of Board of Community and Communications 

 

 

THE WALK
Quieten the Noise
Keep Your Own Counsel
Enjoy the Solitude

December 3 edition

 

Wonder and Awe in the time of Advent

 

I hope that you are still finding the time to walk. To walk in your home, in your neighborhood, or in the Labryinth in the Emerson Fields. Remember to breathe in; to breathe out slowly. Do this again. Do it once again.

 

Advent, adventus the Latin word, means “appearing” or “coming”. During these four weeks of Advent, I hope that we are slowing down. I hope that we are able to leave behind the long months of the campaigns. To leave behind the disappointments of changed holidays with no or smaller family gatherings.

 

With the slowed pace we can see past what we have lost of Christmas 2020 and look toward recovery. Like a child, we can look in front of us with fresh eyes. During the Advent season we can take a deep breath and be present to the peace of Christ. We can quietly adore the wonder of new life.

 

A walking meditation asks of us to have goals; to focus; and to listen. If we are able to do this, we can encounter a heart quieting journey of looking past the seemingly familiar of Christmas to seeking the awe and wonder of Advent, the coming of Jesus.

See you on a walk in January,

 

Charlotte Melling, member

Board of Community & Communications

THE WALK
QUIET THE NOISE
KEEP YOUR OWN COUNSEL
ENJOY THE SOLITUDE

October 8th edition

ALL WALKERS are invited to gather on October 14th on the Emerson Fields at 11:30. Old, young, a seasoned walker or a novice to meditative walking you are welcome to be with other walkers to share what we have experienced on our walks. I will check the weather closer to the date.

Meditative walking helps us to see more details. Just by walking, the world becomes smaller and we become more connected. This also makes us more vulnerable to absorb a little bit more of ourselves. Walking meditation helps us to find peace. Marianne Williamson has written, “Ego says, “Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel peace.” Spirit say, “Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place.”

Take a deep breath; then very slowly breathe out. Pause and return to your walk and your form of contemplation. From this pause we can return to a place that is more calm, clear, and open rather than retreating to our old ways of thinking. The more we practice meditative walking, the more we will be here for ourselves and for others in challenging moments.

In closing, Etty Hillesum (1914-1943) was a young Jewis women who suffered much injustice in the concentration camp. She wrote,”There is a really deep well inside me. And in it dwells God. Sometimes I am there, too...And that is all we can manage these days and also all that really matters: that we safeguard that little piece of You, God, in ourselves.

Charlotte L. Melling

neno.melling.1942@gmail.com

 

THE WALK
QUIET THE NOISE
KEEP YOUR OWN COUNCIL
ENJOY THE SOLITUDE

September 24th edition

Hopefully this past week you were able once or twice or maybe even three times to go on a walk by yourself with

notebook in hand.  Remember you can walk wherever you are: in your home, your yard, your neighborhood or a park.

And the amount of time spent in solitude is not important.  Just walk.

 

Think about cutting back on the amount of time you spend keeping

up with the news.  Create space for positive messages.   A walking meditation can sufficiently redirect our lives so that we can deal with human life successfully.  Thomas Merton wrote,  “Meditation has no point and no reality unless it is firmly rooted in Life.”

 

As you walk, may you appreciate your own great tolerance and even appreciation for differences---knowing that all are created in God’s

Image and are equally beloved---differences of faith, culture, language, skin color, sexuality, or other traits.  Let us seek to understand and honor others and to live in harmony with them.

 

Reflection/contemplation cards for your walk will be available on Friday, September 25th. The cards contain quotes from Jesus, Chief Joseph, Emerson, and Gandhi.  (Only food for thought.)  The cards measure 2 X 4.Ten cards are in each, small pouch.  You may choose to read one card per walk or all ten at once. Pouches will be located on the porch by the office door at the Emerson Center.  If you are interested in the cards and cannot come by the EC, email me and I will deliver them to you.

 

See you next week.

Charlotte L. Melling

neno.melling.1942@gmail.com

THE WALK
QUIET THE NOISE
KEEP YOUR OWN COUNSEL
ENJOY THE SOLITUDE

September 17th edition

 

Although we may be feeling isolated and alone much of the time, we may also feel stressed,

confused, and overwhelmed. Most of us are aware of the physical and mental benefits of

walking. Martin is encouraging us as a church community to engage in a mindful,

contemplative walking practice.

 

I invite you to walk. Seasoned walkers. Novices.

Old. Young. Henry David Thoreau penned in his journal, “Methinks that the moment my legs begin to move my thoughts begin to flow.”

 

Take some time alone to move mindfully through your own area: your house; your yard; a neighborhood; The Emerson Fields; Bradley Palmer State Park. The location is not important. The length of the walk is not important. You are invited to use this walking practice to envision a more human way that honors Human dignity, honors and protects our Planet, and honors our own inner journey.

 

Concentrate on 4 or 5 things most important to you.

 

LISTEN

 

Practice Christian meditation

 

THE WALK is a tool to help us all to detach from the confusion around us in order to have a richer attachment to God and to other human beings. There are no set guidelines. Merely suggestions. Some of the suggestions are in this writing.

 

  • Prep: Have a notebook; maybe pre-write some goals/pains/dreams.

  • Timing and Location: You decide but be unhurried; wherever you can be away from distractions.

  • Safety and Health: If you are near people wear a mask. Have water, comfortable shoes and clothing.

  • Before You Begin Moving: Pause and take a few deep breaths. Be as open as you can be.

  • Movement: As you begin to move, seek the realms of wonder, of space, and of reaching. After a period of time start to notice what begins to clear: notice what begins to open around your ideas, dreams, and around possible barriers. Have your notebook ready.

  • Close: Take one or two more deep breaths and commit to movement practice as a way to invite brave creativity.

 

See you next week, Charlotte L. Melling.

 

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