My pilgrimage is like a puzzle with many pieces to fit together.
I am on a walking pilgrimage, and walk as far as I can each day. There is no destination toward which I am making progress, there is walking and being open to the Holy all around me. There is no path other than where my steps take me. I walk, and my posture changes. I remember to breathe, and cares evaporates from me.
I am also on a pilgrimage toward my truest self. It can feel like I am going around in circles, but it is more of a spiral. I go deeper each time I go around. I recognize the expectations I have put on myself, and overcome the obstacles I have constructed to knowing and being known. I get acquainted with who I am, and continue the work of becoming myself.
My pilgrimage is also a voyage of discovery and challenge. I visit new places and gain new experiences. There are new lessons, new sights and sounds and tastes, and new friends every day. Like any pilgrimage, I travel as far as I can each day and find hospitality to rest. The rest is part of the journey.
There are pieces I do not even recognize yet.
The joy and beauty is that the pieces of my pilgrimage fit together. I do not yet have everything in the right place, and there is time. Each morning a new day dawns that is filled with aspects of pilgrimage. Rest and sleep ease the strains of the days travel, and the morning is filled with opportunities.
There is no need to rush. Each day’s journey has possibilities of its own.
What are the pieces of your pilgrimage?
Where will today’s opportunities lead you?
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