To be a pilgrim…

27 Oct

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“A pilgrim is someone who sees life as a sacred journey, who sees the Earth as a sacred home, who sees the universe as a process.

We can relate to our planet Earth in two ways. Either we can act as tourists and look at the Earth as a source of goods and services for our use, pleasure and enjoyment, or we can act as Earth pilgrims and treat the planet with reverence and gratitude. Tourists value the Earth and all her natural riches only in terms of their usefulness to themselves. Pilgrims perceive the planet as sacred, and recognise the intrinsic value of all life.

To be a pilgrim is to be on a path of adventure, to move out of our comfort zones, to let go of our predujices and preconditioning, to make strides towards the unknown. If we want to tread the pilgrim’s path, we need to go beyond ideas of good and evil, and to be dedicated to our quest – to our natural calling. We need to shed not just our unnecessary material possessions but also our burdens of fear, anxiety, doubt and worry, in this way we can find spiritual renewal and enter on the great adventure into the unknown. Paradoxically, being on a pilgrimage does’nt necessarily mean travelling from one place to another – it means a state of mind, a state of consciousness, a state of fearlessness.”

Satish Kumar

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11 Responses to “To be a pilgrim…”

  1. beingmeyear October 27, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    That’s a really lovely passage – thanks for sharing this ūüôā

  2. Anne Wilson October 27, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    What a lovely post, and so very true. Thank you for such a thought provoking post.

  3. Christine @ these light footsteps October 27, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

    Beautiful! I love this. Thanks for sharing.

  4. marco October 28, 2013 at 6:55 am #

    What a brilliant post, been thinking along these lines recently, but could never put it quite so well. Reblogged it on my site.

    • bridget October 28, 2013 at 10:19 am #

      Thanks Marco! Words are from Satish Kumar.

  5. marco October 28, 2013 at 7:11 am #

    Reblogged this on maemutgarden and commented:
    Beautifully put, a life long journey and a worthwhile one.

  6. June October 28, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

    As everyone else has said, I echo their sentiments. Truly beautiful, thought-provoking and inspiring words. Perfectly expressed for this very special time of year on all our collective life journeys.

    • bridget October 28, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

      It is that time of year to reflect and ponder on what positive changes we could make in our lifestyles.

      • June October 28, 2013 at 8:23 pm #

        Yes, absolutely. Autumn – and in particular late October and throughout November – has always been special to me. There is a special, almost magical, energy contained within this time, I’ve always sensed. Every moment, of course, and every season has their own special magic to offer, but for me personally, it’s late autumn that resonates deepest within me.

  7. Eliza Waters October 29, 2013 at 12:31 am #

    Satish Kumar has expressed my feelings exactly, I’m a pilgrim! Thanks for sharing this beautiful quote.

  8. Charlie@Seattle Trekker November 1, 2013 at 10:22 pm #

    I love your thoughtful comments on our shared planet earth.

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