Holy Wanderer – the canon of the Journey

_DSC5832“I’ve been on many journeys.” – Paul of Tarsus, writing to the church at Corinth in autumn 55 CE.

I don’t know how many times I’ve begun my altar time with deep prayer and/or a card reading, then opened my daily reading book (currently Celtic Daily Prayer) to find that the scripture reading affirms and further enlightens the initial whisper of Spirit. It happened again today.

First, I meditated on two cards drawn from Wisdom of the Crone: Magick and Journey. They instructed me that my ‘glimpses’ are true visions of the Divine, and that my life path will include exciting journeys. They further noted me that ‘home’ is within me as I travel grounded in Spirit.

Then I turned to Celtic Daily Prayer and discovered that today’s readings centered around journey: specifically, the physical journeys that lead us to spiritual awakening.

I’ve always considered myself Peregrini – a spiritual wanderer. My life choices haven’t given me opportunity to indulge in much physical wandering, but Spirit assures me this is coming, and soon.┬áSo it’s no surprise that as I gathered books from my shelf inspire me, many revolve around travel. They include:

The Sacred Journey, The Art of Pilgrimage, A Desert in the Ocean, The Book of Creation, The Cloister Walk._DSC5830

I’ll talk about each of these books in subsequent posts, making the case for their inclusion in canon. ┬áThen I’ll give you my fiction list. (Fiction? Divinely inspired story telling? Yep. Just like many of the stories in the Bible and other holy writ.)

If you’re feeling the tug of Spirit, read these books. Walk the path of the Peregrini with me.

A Disturbance in the Force

taylor 10The past month has been wonderful. My youngest son’s wedding brought visits from my oldest son, my daughter’s family, and many others. Because we live so far apart, it’s rare for us to gather, and what joy when we do!

However, the disturbance in my typical schedule has caused sleep difficulties. I also find myself maintaining a more intense baseline emotional state. For example, I find myself weeping more easily, both in joy and in frustration. I feel a little off-kilter, even in the happiest moments. And then I feel like a failure, spiritually speaking, because if I’m truly traveling the path of the ephemeral, I should be able to maintain a physical, emotional and spiritual balance at all times, right?

The truth is, it’s very difficult to maintain an mystic focus while immersed in the mundane. Surely that’s why many who dedicate their lives to spiritual pursuits live in seclusion or in religious communities. If nuns, monks, desert Mothers and Fathers require a life apart from the mainstream, I think I shouldn’t beat myself up too badly when I fail to maintain a perpetually centered perspective in the midst of the maelstrom of the dailies.

Having said that, I think I can do better. You see, I have a tendency to abandon grounding physical, emotional and spiritual practices when life gets busy. I forget to take exercise, altar, and down times. That’s the exact opposite of what I should do!

So, lesson learned. Sleep. Pray. Exercise. Meditate. Be. No matter how joyful the occasion. No matter how busy the day. Spirit will thank me, I will thank me, and the people around me will thank me. Awen.