Dog walking for me is usually accompanied by a bit of listening to the Psalms (in a calming British accent) followed by either an audiobook or a podcast. Tonight I listened to Fr. Stephen Freeman's Glory to God podcast and found the below selection compelling. Do give the podcast in its entirety a listen.
(AFR) - "I sometimes hear modern detractors (iconoclasts) say that the images and ritual are distractions from spiritual things. Oddly, my experience is that almost all distractions are in my head, not in the room around me! Noisy children should be no more distracting that the blue of the sky – for both are entirely normal and natural. It is my dark internal musings, fears, anxieties and never-ending obsessions that distract. I would to God that I could get out of my mind!
And this lies at the very heart of traditional worship and devotional practice. God gave man a mind and He meant for him to use it. But “using” our mind and being caught up in an endless series of mental connections are not the same thing.
There is nothing inherently spiritual about the mind.
There is nothing that makes the mind at all superior to the body.
Making the sign of the Cross is just as spiritual as thinking about the Cross and perhaps far more effective ...
The physicality of the Church and all that is in it (including the physical presence and noise of the people gathered there) are truly sacramental – they are not there to make us think – they are there to love, to cherish, to honor, to make God present, to be “the least of these.” Allowing ourselves to understand this will allow us to come to our senses and get out of our minds."