Slow Walk. This … practice [is] appropriate for both individual and group prayer.
- Set a length of time for the prayer — at least fifteen minutes. If you are doing the prayer in a group, designate a route for your walk. This can be a circle in a room or some other configuration outside.
- Begin with an intention to listen for God with your whole being as you move through space.
- Start walking slowly. With each step, slow your pace. Eventually try to take one step every fifteen to thirty seconds (this will feel very slow).
- Pay attention to your breath, your body, your heart and mind. Whenever you become distracted, focus on the sensation of your feet contacting the floor with each step.
- At the end of the prayer, give thanks to God.
- In the group setting, take some time to reflect together on the practice.
Reprinted from pp. 85-86 of Creating a Life with God: The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices by Daniel Wolpert. Copyright © 2003 by Daniel Wolpert. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission of Upper Room Books. To order, phone 1.800.972.0433 or go to bookstore.upperroom.org.
A Note from Beth: This is from the first of Daniel Wolpert’s two books on developing one’s relationship with God. Wolpert takes twelve prayer practices and makes them accessible to a regular person like me. The Appendix to the book presents step-by-step instructions for one of the prayer practices featured in each chapter. I’d recommend this book for the shelf closest to the place where you have your quiet time. Learn more about or purchase this book.
Photo Credit: Beth A. Richardson. I took this photograph of the feet of one of the youth at The Upper Room’s SOULfeast 2010.