“To the outside world we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other’s hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time.”
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods;
There is a rapture on the lonely shore;
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more…
You are familiar with your culture and appreciate the good things in it. You may not be aware that in other cultures and civilizations there are values that people are attached to. If you are open enough, you will understand that your tradition does not contain all truths and values. It is easy to get caught in the idea that salvation is not possible outside of your tradition. A deep and correct practice of your tradition may release you from this dangerous belief.
Caminante, no hay camino, se hace camino al andar.
Traveler, there is no path, the path must be forged as you walk.
I’ll be sharing frequently from this book as I read it…it’s everything I hoped it would be! So many fantastic excerpts…this one really spoke to me today.
The Art of Pilgrimage, Phil Cousineau
Imagine lighting an old brass lantern. Visualize the light that pours forth over the road in front of you. Can you say, as Isak Dinesen did of her home in Africa, that “This is where I ought to be”? Do you feel a longing to be somewhere else?
Think of the ways that questions illuminate the world around us. Questions tune the soul. The purpose behind questions is to initiate the quest.
Recall the words of Alan Jones, dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, who writes, “We are impoverished in our longing and devoid of imagination when it comes to our reaching out to others…We need to be introduced to our longings, because they guard our mystery.”
Ask yourself what mystery is being guarded by your longing. Are you taking the time to find out? The time for this never appears, it is discovered.
…we don’t need more gimmicks and gadgets; all we need to do is REIMAGINE the way we travel. If we truly want to know the secret of soulful travel, we need to believe that there is something sacred waiting to be discovered in virtually every journey.
The Art of Pilgrimage
What’s intriguing about walkabout is that there’s no physical goal: it simply continues until one becomes whole again.