AUTUMN WALK: Fall is a great time of the year to take a walk in a the woods.
- First of all because the changing color of the leaves can be absolutely astounding.
- But also, the falling leaves sets the stage for powerful life metaphors of release, of change, of death and resurrection.
- Plus it’s a fantastic way to expand what your notion of prayer is.
But beyond the changing color of the leaves, a forest is full of symbolism for all of life. However, it DOES take some time to discover…and it can only really be done by experiencing it.
So here’s your assignment. Get yourself out of the city or suburbs and go to a nearby forest. Take a long walk on a well marked trail. If you are alone, feel free to talk out loud to your forest friends (trees, vines, leaves, bugs, dirt, etc) that you meet along the way. Call them by name and tell them how meaningful they are to you and why. If you are not alone, discuss with your friend that you’d like to search for meaning in the forest and dialog about it. One idea is to walk in silence to your destination and then discuss your observations on the return trip.
WRITE: Take a long look at the nature around you and write down your observations and thoughts: The sound of birds chirping, rain beating on your window, trees in a park, grass in you back yard, flowers in a vase, fruit on a table, etc…
Here’s an example of my own observation of people in a city park:
Loud ado boys
Pink Barbie bike
Good books read
Boy’s first scooter
Preteen girls giggling
Friends sharing lunch
Graying couple still in love
Multi-color kids on playground
Yellow leaves on still green grass
Lonely man with all his belongings
Baby evoking laughter from strangers
Wobbling toddler with smiling grandfather
Although few realize his presence, God is here