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From Secular to Sacred: Go All Out!

winter walkAs you prepare for the holidays this year, go all out!

Literally—get OUT of the house, go OUTside, experience the great OUTdoors. Yes, you’ve got too much to do, but that’s no excuse. If it’s cold, bundle up and allow your cheeks to get rosy and your body to become energized by the brisk air. If you’re not in a cold climate, then spend a little more time wandering at a nearby lake/ocean/mountain/park.

Take along your camera or sketchbook or journal. Breathe deeply and slow your steps. Become aware of the sky’s color and the land’s fragrance. You are created by God, living on a planet created by God. One of the best cures for holiday stress is to reconnect to the basic miracle of being alive among so many beautiful living things.

In fact, when the holiday rush becomes too frantic, simply find a window. Maybe it’s at home or maybe it’s at a mall or airport, but stand there and gaze for at least five minutes. Look for one created thing, and say a prayer of thanks.

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Vinita Hampton Wright
Vinita Hampton Wright
Vinita Hampton Wright edited books for 32 years, retiring in 2021. She has written various fiction and non-fiction books, including the novel Dwelling Places and spirituality books Days of Deepening Friendship, The Art of Spiritual Writing, Small Simple Ways: An Ignatian Daybook for Healthy Spiritual Living, and, most recently, Set the World on Fire: A 4-Week Personal Retreat with the Female Doctors of the Church. Vinita is a spiritual director and continues to facilitate retreats and write fiction and nonfiction. She lives with her husband, two dogs, and a cat in Springdale, Arkansas.


  1. Thank you for sharing this wonderful article. I just discovered your books and articles. Your pen speaks straight to my heart. Much Love

  2. Every autumn I am minded of how God takes out His paint palette and recolors the trees around me. It’s stunning how He makes each tree unique as to color, rate of change, and ending. He, in this way, reminds me of His great glory, and even thought it is Advent, I exult in His love and generosity. It makes the coming of that Baby so much more poignant.

  3. I thoroughly enjoyed this article and practice walking meditation.I’m a member of American Pilgrims on the
    Camino.A great group of people to walk with as they share their stories.


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