Preparing for Pilgrimage | 10.19.2019

Updated: Nov 5, 2018

"One of the most profound teachings is 'I have arrived.' When we return to our breathing, we return to the present moment, our true home. There is no need for us to struggle to arrive somewhere else. When you walk, arrive in every step. That is walking meditation. There is nothing else to it." - Thich Nhat Hahn

I leave in a week. Correction: I arrive in a week. Michael and I will be meeting some of the 22 in our group in Paris for a few days of paradise before flying to Lyon and boarding the Viking Heimdalriver boat--on Halloween!--to begin our cruise down the Rhone River.


Tour Itinerary:

Paris -> Lyon -> Vienne -> Tournon -> Avignon -> Arles -> Avignon -> Nice


Mindfulness has been a practice of mine for years. My challenge around mindfulness is batting away expectations, mostly of myself. My personal focus for this pilgrimage is healing.


Over the course of many years, I’ve learned to weave my bipolar and multiple sclerosis conditions into the tapestry of my being and doing as a lightworker. As a medium, I’m in a continuous conversation with helpful beings who offer me wonderful nuggets of wisdom. Just yesterday, Thoth said to me, “You’re exactly where you need to be. Where do you want to be?” In that one sentence, he sparked my enthusiasm for writing the course materials for my upcoming classes and nudged me into what I call the “what if?” territories.


Where I want to be is not a place; it’s a feeling. I want to feel whole. I want to walk away from the pain of past sexual abuse and walk into a new phase of myself. And I want to do that while eating French food and not gaining weight. Okay, okay…reframe: I want to discover a greater sense of wholeness without getting too eh, whole. ^_^


REFLECTION:

1. In your life right now, what are you walking away from or walking towards?

2. Are there any “steps” you can take to feel more whole?


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