What a lovely spirit the featured woman has in this video. The spirit of travel. The spirit of adventure. The spirit of embracing all kinds of people and places with lovingkindness.
We don’t have to physically start globetrotting to embrace the beauty of adventure and travel. I’ve experienced over 30 years of globetrotting. My globetrotting was paused when I began looking at monasteries – in the USA – where I could live out my life and explore the inward journey of the spirit. After my monastic journey, I became full-time caregiver to my Mom, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2015. My Mom passed on from this life to her next adventure in November 2018. She is with me always in my heart.
My adventures in monastic explorations is also dear to me. Just not as dear to me as my Mom. After exploring 4 different monastic communities, one thing became abundantly clear, institutional monasticism isn’t for me. Being told when to get up, when to go to bed, and being tied to daily imposed rituals isn’t my gig. Two monastic communities invited me to join their community. Two other religious communities invited me to go away. They each gave me a lovely gift of having a view into their lives and labors. Each community taught me multiple lessons. Such as; how to work in a jelly factory, laboring in a bakery, working in a homeless shelter, ministering in a local jail, how to live in close proximity to different personalities and thrive – to name just a few skills. Outside of the unique ways of ministering they offered, they all had a form of regimentation that seems untrue to the original spirit of monastic life.
Original monastics were unfettered from the confines and dictates of regimentation imposed from a hierarchical structure. Originally, monastics were free spirits – like the woman in this video. Originally, monastics went alone into the desert – or some other wilderness terrain – to explore the inward journey of the spirit. Today’s monastics are like potted plants that are managed, confined, and defined by an institutional structure. Yikes.
Where is life calling you? Where is the Great Spirit inviting you to go. More importantly, how is the Great Spirit calling you to be? Not where to go, but how to be. As the saying goes, wherever you go, there you are. So, explore the inward journey. Explore being the best version of you. Then, wherever you go, you will bring your own special light.
Enjoy the inward journey. Be the light of lovingkindness, wherever you go.
anthony glenn miller
The stranger has not lodged in the street;
I have opened my doors to the traveler.