Pilgrimage: Mindfulness on the Journey

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This site is about seeing. The topic may be travel but the "revolve" is the-seeing-that-transforms.

Not literal sightedness, of course. In fact, I expect active interest by readers using Jaws for Windows or other tools that accommodate visual impairments and make their participation possible.

The seeing I mean here is the seeing of mindfulness.

The discussion will frequently be about business. Specifically, it will be about the business of travel and hospitality. It will look at the economic sustainability of doing busness with the ageing and/or disabled sector of the traveling public. It will look at profit, product development, marketing, competition.

But if this site ever loses grounding in persons - substituting statitistics or truisms for real travelers - then it will have betrayed the author's purpose.

That purpose is pilgrimage.

Huston Smith, in the introduction to Phil Cousineau's book The Art of Pilgrimage, hit the right tone for launching this site. He writes:

The object of pilgrimage is not rest and relaxation - to get away from it all. To set out on a pilgrimage is to throw down a challenge to everyday life. Nothing matters now but this adventure. Travelers jostle each other to board the train where they crowd together for a journey that may last several days...

Travel brings a special kind of wisdom if one is open to it. At home or abroad, things of the world pull us toward them with such gravitational force that, if we are not alert our entire lives, we can be sucked into their outwardness. Attentive travel helps us to see this, because the continually changing outward scene helps us see through the world's pretenses.

This site is thrown down in the face of an everyday illusion. The illusion is that the full participation of persons of all ages and capacities in the movement of the world is somehow not of full value - in both the social and the economic sense.

This site is a reminder not to be enthralled - or repelled - by the outwardness of a person's appearance. That mistake can be costly in lost profit as well as missed wisdom.

Travel this pilgrimage along the path of universal design.

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