08.23.19 | A Pilgrimage

The heat of the summer finally got to the gardens, and the early morning chill is a reminder Fall can’t be far behind. This is a great time of the year for reflection, a time when farmers can rest and reflect after the harvest, and the Jews fast, reflect and repent. Throughout the ages, there has been no better way to think and reflect than by going on a Pilgrimage.

Since I have no idea what a pilgrimage is, I looked it up and learned "A pilgrimage is a journey or search of moral or spiritual significance. Typically, it is a journey to a shrine or other location of importance to a person's beliefs and faith, although sometimes it can be a metaphorical journey into one's own beliefs.”

On September 9th I am headed to Portugal and Spain for three weeks to walk the Camino de Santiago. I intend to make Gratitude the theme of my pilgrimage, giving thanks, and reflecting on my good fortune for all that I have.

At 67, I am still working on the advice from Socrates to get to “Know MySelf,” learn who I am, why I am here, and the meaning of life. Since I am not religious, I plan to wear my headphones and listen to a lot of books on tape while walking an average of 12 miles a day (see What We Are Reading below), stay at good hotels, and eat great Spanish food.

I am not seeking or expecting an epiphany, but if one strikes me, I’ll be sure to share. More importantly, I’m hoping to lose more calories by walking than I gain by eating!

— Sina

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