Over the years I’ve studied with a number of amazing professors. Each of them focused on human potential, healing, and making the world a better place. I owe a note of gratitude to Jean Houston, Lucia Capacchione, and Angeles Arrien. These three women gave me the tools, preparing me for the journey and the path I’ve chosen.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that one of the key ideas I’ve focused on over the years is The Odyssey and the idea of embarking on a journey that is life altering. Pilgrimage like The Odyssey start with a call that we often turn down or refuse at first, but the clues keep pouring in and show us that the call is part of our calling.
When starting out on a journey of any kind we need to make sure we’re prepared. What tools do you need for your individual journey? I made an assessment prior to the start of the Feast for the Soul about the tools I would need so I can maximize the outcome of this adventure. I do feel that it’s an adventure because it has any many unknowns as knowns. It is driving me to begin a deep dive into my consciousness and will show me where it intersects with my community.
I have found that it’s important to have the right tools for the right job. Recently we bought new furniture for the office. I measured twice before making the purchase and finally once delivered I realized I’d need to take the hinges off the door. I tried to use a screwdriver but the hinges didn’t budge. I watched a YouTube video and the “tutor” used a nail sink to boost the pin out of the hinge. I went a bought a nail sink, lo and behold the pin came right out.
New Cutting Mat, Two Bolts of Fusible Web, Book of Poems by Nikki Giovanni (things I needed for the journey)
Given that example, I went to the store and bought some supplies. These tools will make the journey more productive, and will keep me stocked so I won’t have to run to the store in the middle of a studio session. It will also keep me focused on the project, the journey to mindfulness.
What will you need before setting out on your own “odyssey”? The planning will bring you to the present, help you focus, and as Stephen Covey states, “Begin with the end in mind.” Obviously on a pilgrimage you won’t know every conclusion, but think about what you hope will be the conclusion.
I’d love to hear about your own journey! Feel free to share and let’s start a dialogue.