July 17

Reflection

Spiritual journey is a name used by many different religions to mean the natural progression of persons as they grow in their understanding of God, the world, and themselves. It is an intentional choice to grow deeper in knowledge and wisdom. Many religions attach spiritual importance to particular places: the place of birth or death of founders or saints, or to the place of their “calling” or spiritual awakening. Sometimes it can be a metaphorical journey into someone’s own beliefs. A person who makes such a spiritual journey is called a pilgrim.

Prayer

May I journey toward my own truth.

Action

Live as a pilgrim walking on the spiritual life journey toward wisdom and compassion. Be open to the journey into the roots of your deepest self.

Suggested Reading

He instructed them that they should take nothing for their journey.
Mark 6:7-11

We had thought that we were human beings making a spiritual journey; it may be truer to say that we are spiritual beings making a human journey.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

The spiritual path – is simply the journey of living our lives. Everyone is on a spiritual path; most people just don’t know it.
Marianne Williamson

Just by the very nature of our birth, we are on the spiritual journey.
Thomas Keating

We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.
Proust

The longest journey
Is the journey inwards
Of him who has chosen his destiny.
Dag Hammarskjold

And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles, no matter how long, but only by a spiritual journey, a journey of one inch, very arduous and humbling and joyful, by which we arrive at the ground at our own feet, and learn to be at home.
Wendell Berry

We are earth people on a spiritual journey to the stars. Our quest, our earth walk, is to look within, to know who we are, to see that we are connected to all things, that there is no separation, only in the mind.
Lakota Seer

The spiritual journey does not consist in arriving at a new destination where a person gains what he did not have, or becomes what he is not. It consists in the dissipation of one’s own ignorance concerning one’s self and life, and the gradual growth of that understanding which begins the spiritual awakening. The finding of God is a coming to one’s self.
Aldous Huxley

I am beginning now to see how radically the character of my spiritual journey will change when I no longer think of God as hiding out and making it as difficult as possible for me to find him, but instead as the one who is looking for me while I am doing the hiding.
Henri Nouwen

Life is a journey, Love is the destination.
Victoria Marshall 

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