Pilgrimage to Sacred Places

What is a Pilgrimage?

All religions, from the rudimentary to the most expansive, have a common specific place of reference that assumes particular importance for their followers.  In their eyes, this singular aura marks out a territory traveled mentally as often as desired and physically as many times as possible, but depending on the follower’s means, at least once in a lifetime. A parenthesis if not a break, a journey of pilgrimage, however long, provides an opportunity to leave daily contingencies behind in order to evaluate one’s life quest so far and devote oneself to reflection. Pilgrims pledges themselves to that higher cause of a greater understanding of who they are and what in them is true. They search for that meaning which binds their hearts and points them on their way through life. Many pilgrims walk to remember and honor deceased loved ones.

For example, faithful, adventurous and curious pilgrims have been making the long journey along the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain for more than a thousand years. The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, dedicated to the Apostle St. James, is their destination. The true place reached is deep within your heart. A pilgrimage is an embodied prayer. Camino de Santiago is one of Europe’s best known and traveled pilgrimage routes and destinations. The Holy Year of 2010 saw a record turnout of pilgrims from around the world. Ask about Widow’s Key organized trip to the Camino.

“The person who travels to a sacred site is not the same person when they return home.  They have been awakened to a greater respect for the planet, accelerating a beautiful unity and harmony between all living people, cultures and religions. The ancients who created these sites help us remember that this is the most important truth there is. “           — Aluna Joy Yaxkin

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