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Every Step in the Dirt is a Prayer — Day 10 of Simplicity

Day Ten — Notice — 25 Days of Simplicity

I’ve always loved hiking, but lately it doesn’t seem like an option. The trail is my church. It is the place I can take a deep breath, literally and figuratively. On the trail, everything I’ve been holding onto releases without even trying to make it happen. I simultaneously feel completely free and connected to everything. The words below capture that feeling and hopefully guide you towards feeling it as well.

This is church.

No need to fold your hands to pray.

Every step in the dirt is a living prayer.

Breathe your whole body into that prayer.

Every breath out a release of the weight you’ve been holding.

Every breath in a renewed sense of freedom.

Breathe out release.

Breathe in freedom.

Breathe out release.

Breathe in freedom.

Notice as your body gets lighter with every step in the dirt.

Notice as your face lifts towards the sun without even trying.

Notice as the radiance shining on you becomes radiance shining within you.

Notice.

Breathe.

Pray.

This is church.

- Reflection and photo by Heather Whelpley (Intertwiner, author of “,” and Campfire Song Enthusiast)

Now get outside. Get creating. Get free! Get you to church!

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