All week we’ve been talking about pilgrimages. What if you aren’t able to make any kind of pilgrimage? Perhaps finances are a concern, or maybe your family responsibilities or work obligations prevent you from traveling anywhere.
No worries! You can always incorporate a pilgrimage into your everyday life!
It sounds weird to go to the grocery store or the cleaners or picking up a few items at the hardware store as a pilgrimage, but it can be done.
It might be better, though, to visit a place in town that’s special to you in some way. For instance, you might hang out at the library or go to a park in town that you don’t normally visit. You might find it very interesting to visit different places of worship not only during services (check first to make sure it’s okay for visitors to attend), but also when there are no services going on (check to make sure there are hours when the house of worship is unlocked and open to visitors).
Going to a store that specializes in supplies for a hobby that you enjoy could be a special treat. For instance, I have a good friend who loves knitting and it’s great fun for her when she visits yarn stores—she treats them as pilgrimages.
Once you’ve decided the pilgrimage you’re going to make in town, here are a few things you can do:
Create a Clear Intent – ask yourself:
~Why is this important to you?
~What do you hope to gain, to learn–how do you hope this changes you?
~What do you want to let go of, release?
Attention and listening:
~What are you noticing through your senses—the colors, textures, scents, sounds, etc.
~What’s the same as you’ve experienced in your everyday life; what’s different?
~How will this help you?
~How will this move you into a soul-prospering life?
~Even if it seems like you haven’t experienced anything new, be grateful for the experience anyway. You’ll probably find that in the coming days and weeks, something will connect with your pilgrimage experience.
Leave an offering:
~Is there something you can offer/give as a thank you for the pilgrimage?
Give this a try and please share your experiences in the comments below. Thanks!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,