The in book An Altar in The World , Barbara Brown Taylor commends twelve different ways that we might encounter God in our everyday lives including practices like walking [groundedness], paying attention [reverence], and waking up to God [vision].
“People encounter God under shady oak trees, on riverbanks, at the tops of mountains, and in long stretches of barren wilderness. God shows up in whirlwinds, starry skies, burning bushes, and perfect strangers. When people want to know more about God, the son of God tells them to pay attention to the lilies of the field and the birds of the air, to women kneading bread and workers lining up for their pay.”
The book provides a beautiful reflection on wisdom that is rooted in practice: "Wisdom atrophies if it is not walked on a regular basis."
"The easiest practice of reverence I know is simply to sit down somewhere outside, preferably near a body of water, and pay attention for at least twenty minutes. It is not necessary to take on the whole world at first. Just take the three square feet of earth on which you are sitting, paying close attention to everything that lives within that small estate." What would it mean to take this wise council to heart today?
Happy trails for the way