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What are some good ways to prepare for a Spiritual or religious pilgrimage?
You may want to ask yourself what you hope to gain from the experience.
Do you hope to learn from others ? Is that your primary focus?
Or, do you plan to discover more about yourself and your spiritual connection and beliefs through this pilgrimage?
You may find that you are hopeful that both will happen but are leaning more toward one than the other.
The very first time I had this experience it was life changing, to use a somewhat over used phrase. But it was indeed. I felt re-energized and more sure of my spiritual direction would be.
I wish for moments of self discover.
Angels are on the way to you this evening.
I've never been on one, but if I were to plan a spiritual retreat, I would make sure any household pets had someone to feed them, walk them and clean litter boxes. I would make sure any obligations needing my immediate attention were taken care of. I would also ready myself to be without electronics and other conveniences that we have taken for granted and have led us away from the spiritual aspects of life. I would pray, meditate and remove myself from superficial activities. I would spend more time with nature and myself. I'd remember the important aspects of life and make a list of what is not important or what takes me away from being true to myself. I would try to rid myself of the crap that has caused the need for a cleansing retreat. The answers always come from within. Learn how to go inside and be honest with yourself. Then have the strength to listen to what your soul tells you.
Wow! It seems like you have read my mind! The first thing I did was make arrangements for my pets and scheduling necessary appointments for before I leave. I have also cut back on the "distractions" and caught a few glorious sunsets recently.
The attitude of the pilgrim is different from that of a tourist. A pilgrim travels with an open mind, accepting experiences as they come. On the other hand a tourist makes demands and tries to control what he wishes to experience.
My suggestion would be that it is a good idea to develop the attitude of an open mind and acceptance in daily life before making the pilgrimage.
I entirely agree with that answer. I found the distinction between tourist and pilgrim to be true on other pilgrimages as I took years ago. I especially like your mention of having an open mind and acceptance even BEFORE the pilgrimage. Thank you.
The pilgrimage will prepare YOU for the journey ahead: life... eternal.
God loves you and has you in the palm of His hands. Don't expect anything. Let Him lead.
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