Walking unhurriedly means stopping sometimes to observe what surrounds us. Often, what is outside is a reflexion of what is inside us. It allows to watch ourselves better, like when we stand in front of a mirror.
It is easier to recognise our behaviour in others rather than in ourselves. We walk step by step to rediscover the link between the inside and the outside; between the sacred inner space in which the soul exist and the outside world where we experiment ourselves; between the place from which we can listen to our deeper self and the place that allows us listen to others; between the breath that connects us to the Divine and that connecting us to others. Thus, walking unhurriedly is something we have forgotten and that we need to find once again.
Technological progress has introduced many different means to immediately connect to each other. This is a big help in our everyday life, but it is also true that there are moments in which we should not be in a hurry, nor try to further increase the speed at which we do things. Let us remember the time in which the Internet and mobile telephones did not exist, when things got done but in their own time. We need to discern what is important, and not to chase after too many things at once. Trying to do too many things, even if necessary at times, leads us outside of ourselves.
Social networks make us feel in constant need of being in touch with others, surrounded by others, while the surrounding world is more and more concerned with its own needs, and less and less concerned with others’.
Take some time to walk unhurriedly allows better understanding of the teachings of Christ, as well as the reasons for his walking from village to village, to reach people’s hearts and touch their soul. He walked slowly, despite knowing that his time was limited by a very close deadline (he only preached for three years).
Today we struggle to understand this, but two thousand years ago, when the average life expectation was thirty, people nevertheless took the time to live. Jesus knew there would be a deadline to fulfil his mission. His way of pacing, the way he placed his feet on the ground, was a way of advancing (moving forward) while remaining in touch with himself and his Father. Only in this way was he able to be simultaneously connected to everybody. Never a wrong word, never an unfair gesture, but rather the ability to answer and spread his message thanks to his ability to know himself.
What we wish for you today is to learn to walk consciously, to move through life paying attention to all that happens. Paying attention means also listening to the news, reading the events with a similar attitude. Only in this way will we be aware of what the planet is really asking us, beyond obvious appearances. We will be reborn with a new intent: that of experiencing first-hand the change we want to bring in the world, that of improving ourselves, without being ‘tepid’ and indulgent.
We should bring this attitude in everyday life, in the desire to truly feel the connection with ourselves, the Father, the Divine, and others.
Often we are so busy that we forget the meaning of the Holy Week. This is to relive the stages of the life of Christ, which are the stages of our own life. Every time something causing us distress or a change in our life occurs, we should remember His death on the cross. Suffering is proportional to our resistance to change. Being aware of that should give us the strength not to give up, to continue to be reborn as ourselves. The days leading up to Easter are days of preparation that we should live without hurry, remembering that, at the end of the week, we will celebrate Easter’s joyful day, in which sufferance and disbelief have been replaced by a sense of wonder and happiness, raised by the fulfilment of his Word.