Pilgrimage: A journey into the unknown undertaken for the purpose of uncovering deeper meaning and connection*
*defintion by me but inspired by others more quote worthy : )
I am at a transition point in my life, a pilgrimage of sorts. Like all pilgrimage, it requires me to let go of the creature comforts to which I have become accustomed. This means releasing the security of operating my business as a “side endeavor” so that I can remain less attached from its success or failure. It also means leaving a community I love, once again, to take a step into a future that looks more solitary for awhile.
In plain terms, I have been running my business while also being a full-time student. I am leaving school in order to try this thing for real. Am I scared? Yes. Yes I am.
The On Being post features The Burning House, a project where people submit photos of what they would take with them if their house was burning down. This inspired me to do the same. Of course, I am too wordy to just list things, so there is a description, too.
I absolutely love and am inspired by every interview I hear of Krista Tippett’s show On Being. Her work to create a non-polarized dialogue in modern society through her Civil Conversations project was inspiring enough that I included it in my graduate school scholarship essay, and her gift for asking the right questions and being a presence with whom her guests can sink deeply into themselves and the world most important to them is aspirational for anyone who seeks to mindfully listen and understand others.
I just listened to her podcast with Mirabai Bush, a meditation teacher who helped create the training program used for Google employees called Search Inside Yourself. In the interview, Bush states a fascination with Joan of Arc as a little girl, and how she thought it would be nice to know what one was expected to do in this “complicated world” as Joan of Arc did. Later, when she found contemplative practice as an adult, this wish became more of her personal reality.
“Somehow that stayed with me [from childhood]. That sense of wanting to be able to hear clearly what it was I should be doing with my life. And later, when I began to learn various contemplative spiritual practices… I realized that what I loved about it was that they helped you get calm, clear, open, better able to hear… I feel like I am better able to hear what it is I am supposed to be doing with my life, and then, you know, doing it.”