Why I’m Walking

When I first learned about Peace Pilgrim (a woman who walked from 1953-1981 to support peace) months ago, I instantly felt that I needed to take my own pilgrimage for peace. For quite a while, I had known that I needed to do ‘something’ to grow spiritually. When I heard about Peace Pilgrim, my sense of recognition was immediate.

But ordinary mortal that I am, I had a lot of fear about the trip. While I was not concerned about going without food or being physically uncomfortable, the fear of men’s physical violence almost made me give up on the possibility of taking this walk. As I considered my fear more carefully, I realized that my reservations about the pilgrimage were the same reasons I had to go.

My fear has both internal and external causes, and I hope to address both of them through this walk. Spiritually speaking, overcoming selfishness allows us to live without fear. It is also true, though, that most women in this culture do not feel safe, and that this is because some of the men in our culture are violent (which is always an expression of suffering).

I hope that someday this contribution to peace will help in some small way to shift us back towards balance.

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Walking for Peace

Starting June 1st, I’ll be walking at least 1,000 miles for peace. I will walk until given shelter and fast until given food. The way I understand the word, “peace” means internal peace, interpersonal peace, and peace on a national and international level. To get a little more specific, it also means that a young woman should be able to take a walk alone without fearing for her safety. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case right now. I’d like to help improve that situation.

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peacepilgrim2007 @ gmail . com

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