Stationary: At a stop, motionless, still, at a standstill, inactive, fixed
Pilgrim: Somebody who makes a journey to a holy place for religious reasons; Somebody who makes a special journey
Greetings and welcome to my daily blog. With any undertaking there has to be a motive/ reason for starting and for the direction we take. As often happens in a busy life, competing demands may cause us to set aside the good habits that we know should be a daily part of our lives. Good habits can of course be replaced not just by neutral habits, but by one that are negative and work against our physical wellbeing, our spirituality and connectedness with other people. Last summer I pondered the idea of making a pilgrimage/long walk to “spiritual sites” in the region where I live. However, life demands (financial and family) made me realize this was not feasible. In addition, I spend hours a day sitting in my car commuting to work and my career as a college professor is not the most active. As such, my body demands a more measured and steady effort at physical fitness. I have in the past turned to journaling, and the introspection that accompany it, as a way of reviewing my life, its events, and the people who cross my path. I have always hoped that my creative endeavors (word, poems, stories) have touched people, and left a positive imprint on them. After seeing the movie Julie and Julia I realized that a Blog could act as the thread with which to bring together my motivational, creative and spiritual needs.
I will ride my stationary bike, on a daily basis, the miles I cover will move me along (in the virtual world) the highways between “pilgrimage sites” scattered about the countryside. Blog visitors can learn about the sites, follow my progress towards the site on maps, see what I would be seeing through the accompanying travel photos, and read my thoughts on spiritual matters of the day, personal insights and stories about my journey (past and present). I hope that visitors will find my words and physical progress encouraging as they travel their own daily journey. I hope that visitors will share their thoughts, questions and words of encouragement with me by leaving comments.
While our journeys are ultimately individual and solitary, we also travel as families, communities, nations and humankind towards the future and a world we shape on a daily basis… I hope my small effort helps to shape a future of peace, joy, and coexistence with each other and with that which we call the divine.