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    In the human walking, that arouses the inner experience that I call human spirituality, precisely because it is human walking, there is also the rest as a necessary element: we are not machines that can proceed with a linear regularity. Rather, we proceed for rather different types of rhythms, which are not very regular. This need for rest, on principle, is similar to the need on principle for the Sunday rest, with its spirituality, in Catholic context. Through the practice of rest we can live the experience of the fêting, of a spirituality that moves away from care, a refreshing mind and body.

    In the perspective of walking considered as research, the rest takes on the function of cultivating the knowledge that, actually, the culmination, the end to be attained is the walking itself. It does not follow from this that walking is useless, since there is nothing new to discover: walking is not in fact always the same walking, but it recreates and renews itself through its realizing itself.

    Walking as a goal in itself can be compared to the relationship between seed and plant: there is great difference between the seed and the plant, but it is also true that in some ways there is already in the seed everything that the plant will be, although in germ, in embryo, in a manner that is not possible to experience a hundred percent as if it were already a plant. In this sense the walking as a scope could be compare as well to the Catholic theology of the already and not yet.

    If, during the progress of walking, what is experienced is not having yet found, one could even say the anguish, the longing of the search, in the rest we stress rather all the existing of the goal, all the already enjoyable of it. Who walks is already in the destination and, therefore, he already has everything, he is already in everything and therefore it is worth it to pause and enjoy and experiment in peace the already achieved, the degree of evolution reached in our own walk. Without rest the walking would be reduced just to a search without ever living, although even in searching it an experience of the already is still possible.

    We could also observe, in this scheme, some subversions of the walking, some nice subwalking that we can live during the rest: I would compare them to when we enjoy playing with the food in our dish and making drawings with a spoon on the sauce.

    Would compare the interweaving of small and large rests, large and small paths subpaths, to the heartbeat: there is the pumping, to the outside, the receiving to the inside and there is also every time a moment of rest when the heart is resting. In the same way acoustic or sea waves are crossed by minor waves.

    On the other hand, it is in relation to this human approach that in many contexts I prefer the term “walking” or “growing”, to the more abstract and philosophical “becoming”. In this perspective, I also find significant, as an image rich of synthesis about the rest, that of the group festive meal. Of course, the reference to the Catholic Sunday Easter is pretty obvious.


    Last edited by Angelo Cannata; 3 weeks ago.
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