I'm a pilgrim of life, so from that point of view, I'm on a pilgrimage every day. Once one lives as a pilgrim, one lives lightly on the earth, with both detachment and engagement. It's all a pilgrimage. -- Satish Kumar (From May 23, 2004, Quote of the Day, CharityFocus.org)
On that note, I'd like to announce that my worldwide journey keeps getting postponed, or at least morphing. It's another story to explain exactly why, but I look at what I feel my purpose is right now and the idea of a continuous year-long journey isn't immediately on the top of the list -- for instance, it comes after a book that beckons. I'll still travel quite a bit in the meantime (it's in my genes) and possibly write some of said book from abroad, but the announcement I have to make right now is that I am adding a new feature to the blog.
Vagabonding is about looking for adventure in normal life, and normal life within adventure. Vagabonding is an attitude — a friendly interest in people, places, and things that makes a person an explorer in the truest, most vivid sense of the word. - Vagabonding, by Rolf Potts; see also yesterday's post)
In the spirit of vagabonding, of pilgrimage and wayfaring in the broadest sense, I'll be embarking on a "virtual" exploration where I'll visit international blogs and interview folks (bloggers and non-bloggers) from all corners of the world. I'll bring a small window of the world into this little blog at the crossroads of tech, business, spirit, culture, inspiration, dreams and beliefs. You'll grok the focus once you see the first interview.
If you are living outside the U.S. or have recently embarked on a journey outside the U.S. and would like to participate - please let me know at evelyn at korugroup dot com.
When I saw Kumar's "all life is a pilgrimage" quote today (top of this post), it led me to thinking about the metaphor of pilgrimage. I'll close with a few more pilgrimage quotes...
"Centuries of travel lore suggest that when we no longer know where to turn our real journey has begun," writes author Phil Cousineau. "At that crossroads moment, a voice calls to our pilgrim soul." -- Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker's Guide to Making Travel Sacred
From 1953 to 1981 a silver haired woman calling herself only Peace Pilgrim walked more than 25000 miles on a personal pilgrimage for peace. - About.com Her message was both simple and profound. It continues to inspire people all over the world. "This is the way of peace: overcome evil with good, and falsehood with truth, and hatred with love." - Peace Pilgrim