My intentions for how I want to be as a pilgrim have been slowly revealing themselves to me in the last few weeks.
I’ve just been letting them arise from within, rather than to try to push to consolidate them.
In my blog post on Sustainability, I mentioned that there were two things that would help sustain me through the long haul of the journey: patience to wait for the answers, and space to be open to receive.
Those qualities still feel essential to me, so here they are, stated as intentions:
- to be patient with myself, and with the journey of being a pilgrim, and
- to be open to receive: help and support, answers to my questions, and direction, for who to be and for my life
And, to those, I now add two more:
- to be grateful, and
- to love
Part of being a pilgrim, to me, is to commit to being more conscious and grateful of all of the blessings in my life.
“There are only two ways to live your life: Nothing is a miracle, or everything is a miracle.”Albert Einstein
One of the gifts of pilgrimage is slowing down. When I slow down, I have more space to take in and appreciate my life. I want to live as if everything is a miracle.
“To love” is how this intention came intuitively to me. I changed it to “to be loving”, and then to “to be a loving presence”, but neither of those felt right.
I think “to love” means to love, every chance I get. This could mean to love the circumstances, my experiences, myself, others. Just “to love”. I guess I’ll learn more fully what that means as I walk.
I can ask, as I walk: how can I love?
What are your intentions for your life?