It has been over 1,000 miles and nearly two months on the Journey to the East, the bicycling pilgrimage. A ripe time for some reflections.
The physical journey has taken me from Oakland up north to the "City of Ten Thousand Buddhas" in Ukiah, and then hugging the Pacific Coast, all the way South into Rosarito, Mexico, before turning back North and arriving in Los Angeles.
The inner journey has traveled just as many terrains as the outer one. Here are three realizations that come to mind.
Here are the combined posts from the past three weeks: one week in LA, two weeks from LA to Mexico and back :)
Below are the journal entries and photos from past two weeks on the road. The journey has taken me through the breathtaking beauty of open sky and ocean, back into the jungle of cement and steel; from staying in multi-million dollar mansions, to being accidentally locked inside a shower stall on a public beach. What remain constant are the kindness from everyone I have come across, and the growing joy and freedom inside :)
"Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." --Matthew 4:4
"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." --Romans 10:17
On the pilgrimage, one luxury I have in abundance is one of the most precious and rarified these days: Time. As I bike for often eight to ten hours a day, my mind is free to wander from the high peaks of the Himalayas to the mysterious depths of human consciousness. I try to supply my mind with a diverse and nutritious diet -- "words of God" -- via audiobooks. "God" being a short hand for Love and Truth.
Here is a running list of audiobooks I have finished, in the order that I have listened to them.
A pilgrimage around the globe by bicycle, in service of the ecological and spiritual awakening of our time. More information here.