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We are All Pilgrims

Easter Sunday – We are all Pilgrims

In the Spring of 2019, I embarked on a spiritual journey through Ireland for 15 days. I was one of 15 women, mostly strangers. My first time in Europe. I jumped off the mountain and trusted I would land solidly into myself through this spiritual quest. This reading began my journey, a journey familiar to me now as we walk as pilgrims through the present time.


If you could see

the journey whole

you might never

undertake it;

might never dare

the first step

that propels you

from the place

you have known

toward the place

you know not.

Call it

one of the mercies

of the road:

that we see it

only by stages

as it opens before us,

as it comes into

our keeping

step by

single step.

There is nothing

for it

but to go

and by our going

take the vows

the pilgrim takes:

to be faithful to

the next step;

to rely on more

than the map;

for the wonders that

attend the path;

to press on

beyond distractions

beyond fatigue

beyond what would

tempt you

from the way.

There are vows

that only you

will know;

the secret promises

for your particular path

and the new ones

you will need to make

when the road

is revealed

by turns

you could not

have foreseen.

Keep them, break them,

make them again:

each promise becomes

part of the path;

each choice creates

the road

that will take you

to the place

where at last

you will kneel

to offer the gift

to heed the signposts

of intuition and dream

to follow the star

that only you

will recognize;

to keep an open eye

most needed--

the gift that only you

can give--

before turning to go

home by

another way.

Participants’ Reflections:

• Easter represents hope for new beginnings

• Forsythia have green sprouts on the top representing renewal in passing

• Meditation outside in gratitude

• Did Buddhist Zoom retreat with one on ones

• Joy seeing the Easter bunny

• Gratitude for all of you who represent our families, community and friends

• Gratitude to not know the road ahead when starting something

• Pilgrim image is poignant

• Stars represent meaning to the expansiveness of the universe and every star has meaning to each person

• Meditated on stars; learned from father who was a teacher of celestial navigation

• I experienced an Easter Bunny sighting driving a white convertible!

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