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WALK IN WONDER

The Parish Health Ministry Group invites all parish members to participate in a Lenten activity called “walk in wonder.” The “walk “ can be literal and/or just a term for the exercise of being mindful of, and finding awe and wonder in our community over the next several weeks.

“The present is passed over in the race for the future, the here is neglected in favor of there; and the individual is dwarfed by the enormity of the mass.” These words by Ann Morrow Lindbergh, published in 1955, still aptly describe our modern urban life.

Focusing on the present, the here and now, requires intention, discipline and practice. It is a way of caring for the soul, and an integral practice among monastic orders and Buddhists.

This invitation to “walk in wonder" is not just for our physical wellbeing, but as a way to care for the soul, for each other and for the earth. We will encourage and support individuals and small groups to walk with a sense of being present in the moment, aware and in awe of your surroundings, and in the comfort of companionship on your Lenten journey.

For each of five weeks, starting the first full week of March, we encourage you to take a couple of hours at least once a week to walk or sit in an unhurried manner, and notice the new life that begins again each Spring in Nature. At the end of each walk or sit, we would like you to share your gift of wonder on our parish website (share here) and log the time spent on this part of your Lenten journey. Tracking the miles and/or the time actively spent “walking in wonder” can be the beginning of a larger walk or journey later in the Church year.

Watch the bulletin for weekly guided walks and suggested urban sanctuaries in which to cultivate a renewed sense of presence.

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” (African proverb).

 


We are offering these suggestions for different places to "Walk in Wonder"

A) City Parks : slcgov.com/cityparks

  • Liberty
  • Sugarhouse
  • Wheeler Farm
  • Memory Grove
  • Wasatch Hollow

B) Labyrinths

  • Episcopal Cathedral of St. Mark
  • University of Utah campus
  • Jordan River Peace Labyrinth
  • Intermountain Medical Center

C) City Forests

  • Miller Bird Park
  • City Creek
  • Jordan River Parkway
  • Hidden Hollow
  • Parley's Historic Nature Park

D) Gardens

  • Red Butte Garden
  • Temple Square
  • International Peace Garden
  • Gilgal Garden

E) Foothills - utah.com lists trails for all abilities

  • Bonneville Shoreline Trail
  • City Creek
  • Ensign Peak
  • the various canyon trails

F) Cemeteries

  • Mt. Olivet
  • SLC Cemetery - enjoyutah.org has a self guided tour on their website

G) Indoors in case weather is bad

  • the local malls
  • County Rec Centers

Each Wednesday and Saturday during Lent, the Health ministry Team will be at a site to start a walk. Specific information for that week will be provided in the bulletin with the place, time and directions. We hope you will join us.

          

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