Do you remember the days when you just sat and listened to a story? When you snuggled by the warm fire and opened a book and let your imagination loose?
Do you remember when life was simpler and had less to distract us?
Reading is an excellent spiritual practice - especially in this season of Lent. Now we have the time to actually stop, sit, and read....
I remember back in school days, eagerly awaiting my turn to read a small section of a book aloud to the rest of the class. I was a little nervous but I loved the challenge. There was something special about sharing and expressing the words in my voice, with intonation and expression for the captive audience.
Reading aloud is good for us. Even if we are alone. Reading aloud allows us to not only read the text, but also hear it, and express it. We can gain depth and meaning from simply engaging our voice.
Reading to others is a free gift that we can offer to those around us in these times of isolation.
Here are some suggestions for this time to return to the books crowding our shelves:
I will be recording my own daily reading practice and share it on this website during this opportune time. Please feel free to share widely with anyone who may benefit from listening in. I enourage you to do likewise.