For all my life, I have known that being outside is very good for my heart and soul, not to mention the body (as being outside usually means exercise). Since I have arrived with the Salesians, that ability to get up and go outside kind of slipped. During the long days when everything seemed overly busy and the tensions were high, I just kept on going…inside. Recently I have rediscovered that taking those walks in the middle of the day, even when there is something else I should most likely be doing, is what keeps me focused on the here and now. Doing that helps me to thimk clearly about where I am in life.
I have now gone on these walks a couple times. Currently, I have just got back from one only moments ago. There is a semi-rountine that I have developed (only semi- because it is good to have variation) for doing a walking rosary, or even just going on a walk. I go out the front, through a little passage area, up a trail, up the road, all the way to the cemetary. The turning back, I cut acroos the field with some trees, catching back up to the road and seeing a statue area, then back down the road and down the trail. There are various stops that I like to make here and there. When I am up at teh cemetary, I like to go in and glance over each Sister’s name, praying for them and also praying that they intercede for me what ever request I may have at that moment. Today I walked that.
Following it, I recalled the prayer promise I made for today for TEC to do a Divine Mercy Chaplet at my three’o’clock or their three’o’clock. It ended up being inbetween. I did that one walking through the bushes to the island and around that, then around the provinicial circle, then back around the island, then in the leaves and trees outside our community room sitting until I finished.
There was something simply amazing about walking around the property praying, especially in the beautiful cool weather with wonderful colors. I am able to reflect and be at peace. In everything going on in community with the sisters and aspirants as well as within me, I need to remember to take the time to be outside and walk. If I am short on time, make the walk a little shorter, but still take it. It may be my saving grace!