Thursday, June 1, 2017
Emily Dickinson, the American poet, was referred to as a "Stationary Pilgrim." She did not go out much or travel, or try to see sights around the world. Though I am no recluse, I think of myself as a bit of a stationary pilgrim. Emily sat at home and wrote 1775 poems, that were discovered after she died. I have friends who love to travel, and some who are quite discontent if they are not going somewhere to see something. They are pilgrims to geographic places. I am more of a pilgrim into the inner life. I like to explore it in books, and listening to people who practice a meditation, or meditate myself. I travel on running trails where I live. I do go places for work, so I get on planes enough for me. I prefer to be in one place of a while. I like the routine of "home." Home is where I am most at home with me. I belong to local museums so I do get to see a world brought to me in exhibits. I am curious but without the need to go places. My blog is my ministry and I don't need to go to a lot of places to do this. Whenever I have a yen to "go somewhere" I ask myself how much of that is because I don't want to be a pilgrim to my interior life. I see a lot of unhappy, restless, and irritated travelers in my journeys. I tend to watch people when I do travel. So much pain is what I see.