I have long been interested in the concept of pilgrimage. Pilgrimage is described as the journey of a pilgrim. At its most basic a pilgrim is a person journeying through life, or to a place of particular interest, and is often linked to visiting sacred places.
In the recent BBC series Pilgrimage Simon Reeve went on a pilgrimage. He pointed out that the journey was as important as the destination. I take with me, as I begin my journey in 2014 the following:
The landscape I travel through illuminates my inner landscape. The journey is as important as the destination.
A lot has changed for me in 2013. Much of this was external, I had little influence on those changes. In 2014 I will be proactive, hence the pilgrimage metaphor. I will set out on a journey, a mindful journey, but I am not sure of the destination, or even if there is one.
I know the terrain I will be travelling through though. This is the terrain that will shape my inner landscape. I’ll be travelling through…
- a Physical terrain, looking after my body, exploring healthier ways to live, including exercise and relaxation.
- a Mental terrain, keeping an open mind and learning new things, keeping my brain active and not dulling it through inactivity and wasting time inappropriately.
- a Spiritual terrain, exploring faith and belief, and making sure my core beliefs are reflected in my actions. Perhaps my actions will challenge my core beliefs too?
- a Social terrain, develop some significant friendships, inspire others to reach their creative potential and appreciate those moments spent in the company of others.
This is a broad direction for my 2014 mindful pilgrimage. I am hopeful there will be a travelling aspect to it as well. Each of the areas above will be explored and developed, as I journey through each day, in time, and, each place, in space.
I’ll be sharing my journey here throughout the year and how I fair in each terrain, how I am changed.
Do you have a direction or goal for 2014, some resolutions or intentions? Let me know in the comments, journeys are more interesting with travelling companions.