What if you led every moment of your life as if you were on the most sacred, adventurous and fulfilling journey, one that brought a sense of wonder and awe into each passing moment? Sound like a stretch?
The truth is, our lives are always bringing forth constant demonstrations of newness as nothing ever stays the same, from this moment to the next. Is your thought the same as it was a second ago? If you were to look under a microscope at the cells of your body or the blood flowing through your veins, it would appear evident that both internally and externally, all is in constant movement and rhythm.
Merriam-Webster defines Pilgrimage as both a verb and a noun. Let’s look at the two verb definitions:
As fellow pilgrims, we have the opportunity to view every experience in our lives as sacred as we become skillful at navigating our unique and precious course on this planet. What course are you currently mapping and have you infused a sense of wonder, freshness and vision into the roadmap?
It’s easy in our culture to get hypnotized by the illusionary belief that safety and security require remaining stagnant in our daily life choices. Whenever we repeat the same actions day-by-day, month-by-month with the mindset that everything remains the same, we become dull to the infinite set of possibilities that are ever-present, inviting us to see anew. When we forget to see the light in all circumstances, we lose sight that we are always pilgrims on a life adventure that is unlike anyone else.
As our world continues to become more interconnected through travel and technology, more and more of us are experiencing the path of the pilgrim. Whenever we travel outside of our daily lifestyle and routine, especially into foreign cultures, we cannot help but be reminded that life truly is an adventure. This helps to remind us that our life choices are simply our life choices, not the cards that we were dealt that can never be replaced.
When we experience others doing things in ways that are different than our own, we can either judge them as wrong, or question whether their way could simply be another creative choice that produces the results they desire. It actually can be quite freeing while traveling to stretch our mindset and see other’s differences as creative, fresh and new approaches that we had never considered. If we catch this vision, it allows our habits to bend and stretch, bringing greater hues and colors of possibility to our daily experience.
Imagine yourself on a moving train watching the constantly changing landscape through your window. At times, the bends in the track shake you up a bit while you hear the clamoring of the steel wheels thumping in their repetitive motion. You move with the turns to your right and left and you cannot help but be reminded that all is in constant motion with newness on the horizon in each passing moment. Something within you trusts that you are being supported in this massive steel container as it takes you to your desired destination. Perhaps your seat is facing the opposite direction from where you’re going and you gaze out at the racing landscape moving you further away from where you began. You trust that when you arrive at your final stop, everything will support the next steps on your journey once you step foot on solid ground.
Perhaps your life as a pilgrim is like this traversing train, constantly showing you a myriad of diverse landscapes with infinite choices on where to board and where to exit. Are you seizing the moment and being fed by the splendor of the billowing clouds and every new village as it races by your window? Are you taking the time to rest and allow the vibrations and turns to soothe you and restore your energy? Are you allowing yourself to be fed with inspiration that fuels greater insight, inventiveness and genius?
Your life is the life of a pilgrim. It is always blessed and it is always beckoning you to its most rich and delicious adventure throughout every twist, turn and thud of the track. Your sacred moment is now.
Carl Studna is a world-renowned photographer, inspirational speaker, teacher and award winning author. Carl’s intimate portraits of influential people ranging from Sir Paul McCartney to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, are published and known worldwide. Carl has taken his message and experiences to print in his book, CLICK! Choosing Love One Frame at a Time. Studna’s innovative work, the LuminEssence Method©, teaches a new paradigm for radiating the light that resides within revealing each person’s authentic gifts. www.CarlStudna.com.
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