Mar 242011

Welcome to my blog.  The name of this blog was changed several times before I settled on the name “The Imperfect Pilgrim.”  Here’s why I chose it.  “Pilgrim” is used because that’s what I am.  It is defined as “a person who journeys, especially a long distance, to some sacred place,” “a traveler or wanderer, especially in a foreign place.”  Taken metaphorically, it made sense to me to use this word because the sacred place to me was creating health and wholeness in my life.  And that was foreign to me.  “Imperfect” is used because, well, that’s obvious.  I’m half-way through my life and am still on this journey.  No one reaches that much-elusive level of perfection in this life, and I don’t pretend to be there either.  But I have discovered, through years of challenges and up-hill battles, that I can draw upon the tools I’ve discovered from my blessed teachers and friends to find a quiet place to rest along the way inbetween the storms that inevitably pass through my life.  It says in my About page that I hope to offer you, my wonderful readers, the same guideposts that I have discovered to keep me in balance.  Mind, body, spirit–the trinity of a life in balance.  Without all three working in harmony, we become fractured. When we can nurture each element, we can bring ourselves around to a place that feels whole.  Yes, I’m talking to you.

The Triquetra (pronounced tri-kwetra) was chosen because to me, it’s a perfect symbol of the mind-body-spirit connection.  Although it’s found in Celtic art and in various religions, that’s not why I chose it.  You are free to see it that way, but I see it as the three elements in harmony, each a separate, but related, part kept together in continuity by the circle that threads through it.

So, what are these guideposts I speak of? (FYI–modern linguists say it is ok to end a sentence with a preposition).  Let’s start with physical health.  This means taking care of our bodies through good nutrition (eating a largely vegetarian or flexitarian diet, understanding the difference between organic and non-organic food and being able to make informed choices, moderating our intake of those not-so-healthy guilty pleasures), and exercise (are you more of a Yoga person or a gym rat?  Guess what–they both work!), mental and spiritual health, which includes meditation, sangha (community), and other ways to help you feel grounded in this world.  This blog will offer videos, podcasts, products, and links to other resources you can explore.  If you seek health and wellness on all levels, if you’re curious about yoga and meditation but haven’t summoned the courage to go to a class–or think you can’t do it–or want to further your current practice, if you want to lose weight, if you battle with depression, stress, anxiety, if you have your own survival story to share and inspire others with, this site is for you.

My own story may unfold in this blog over time, but for now I want you to know that, through seemingly insurmountable obstacles, I have been able to work my way to a place where I can experience happiness, joy, compassion, and a genuine love and respect for Life.  This doesn’t mean I’m a Pollyanna, but it does mean that now I can live through the full spectrum of emotions–good and bad.  This has been possible by years of exploring healing modalities, listening to those wiser than me, trying out ways that may or may not work (drinking a bottle of wine every night doesn’t work).  I still stumble at times, and I know that’s ok.

We are all pilgrims.  Let’s take this journey together.