From the last round of blog posts I received the feedback to write more about my walking practice. I notice that I am still insecure about what to share, and then this is what this blog is mainly about. So let’s try.
In Dahab I tried the connecting heaven and earth walking practice and I had difficulty in focusing on it. I assume a part of me did not want to feel what is to feel there. I walked along the sea on one side and mostly deserted hotels and camps on the other side. Although I liked the silence it felt sad to see so few tourists in the formerly busy diving and surfing town. Of course some divers come and I also watched kite surfers in the beautiful lagoon but far from the numbers that used to come here. And I heard that quite a few countries are taking up flights to Sharm El Sheik again. So things might get busy soon again.
Also when I first came up here to the mountains I did not feel ready to open fully to the practice. As if my heart would not be ready for all the intensity. Then one day I drank turkish coffee before I walked up one of the valleys and the coffee seemed to help to bring my inner vibration up to meet the vibration of the mountains. I felt the love and light and beauty more fully and walked myself into a state of bliss. A walking prayer, this is how it felt. On another day it was fairly easy to connect to my practice and my walking even on very uneven ground felt very stable as if in every step there was some magnet connecting me safely to the ground. And finally yesterday when walking up Mount Sinai I could feel the sacredness of the ground in every step and I remembered that I read that this is one of the tasks of us human beings to feel the sacredness in what we see and eat and touch and drink and thus honor God in everything. I want to extend my practice to more and more situations.
The walking barefoot on granite rock yesterday felt very inspiring and I think I will do this more often in the near future. Whatever can be felt in the earth or rock can enter the body more directly, as if we are directly connected to the life stream flowing in Mother Earth.
While I am writing the clouds are getting more dense. The forcast is for rain and wind tonight. The desert is expecting sand storms. I can feel the cold coming into my room. I will add another layer of clothes soon. The rain started … it is actually snow!