In these times, when the energy in our world is frenetic (and I mean that in a most ancient sense) we long for sanctuary of body and mind. One way to soothe this yearning is through pilgrimage…a walk on holy ground. For some, this happens when we visit an ancient site, walk the sacred path of a holy being, or wander a wild landscape. Still others may journey in mind through reading or meditation, or bathe in the natural energy of the elements.
Where and how do you restore your equilibrium?
What follows is a post written by Michael Maxwell Steer that brought me some peace this morning. Thanks to Philip Carr-Gomm for sharing these words.
via Holystone Well, Northumbria National Park | Philip Carr-Gomm
“When life gets frenetic, things can seem absolutely insane – at least that seems to be what folks in the Middle Ages thought. Frenetik, in Middle English, meant “insane.” When the word no longer denoted stark raving madness, it conjured up fanatical zealots. Today its seriousness has been downgraded to something more akin to hectic. But if you trace frenetic back through Anglo-French and Latin, you’ll find that it comes from Greek phrenitis, a term describing an inflammation of the brain. Phrēn, the Greek word for “mind,” is a root you will recognize in schizophrenic. As for frenzied and frantic, they’re not only synonyms of frenetic but relatives as well. Frantic comes from frenetik, and frenzied traces back to phrenitis.” Merriam-Webster