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For the Traveller

As an expression of gratitude and recognition, I offered leaders in one of my programs this month a poem and now extend the words of John O'Donohue to you as appreciation for traveling with me this lifetime. It is together that we discover, reflect, pause, smile, tear, aspire, wonder, celebrate, and create.

Our journey is a sacred and astounding one. No matter how often we meet, even if only once, if only a glance, if only a dream, I trust that our exchange brings purpose, opportunity and generations of wisdom.

Thank you for being the one I seek. Thank you for being the one for whom I leave my home. Surely, some days tougher than others; and yet, somehow the wonder of you, makes it safe.

Thank you for inviting me to experience conversations, drives, meals, walks, bike rides, boating excursions, airplane flights and manatees swims I wouldn't otherwise have.

Thank you for opening your soul, for exposing the true you, for being hilariously silly and fun, thank you for understanding, for being compassionate and kind. Thank you for experimenting with new ways, new thoughts, new words. I love that you offer an alternative, another way, another perspective, a more empowering interpretation. I especially love that you listen with your heart, with openness, curiosity, patience and a hug.

It is with you that we heal, mend broken promises, accept a hand, writhe in discomfort, question why, clamor over words of hope, and embrace differences that our minds struggle to accommodate.

The possibility of you is powerful, awe-inspiring and boundless. How will I ever find and bundle the words that express your infinite and universal source of beauty, richness and brilliant energy for which I am so grateful?

Together we travel...

For the Traveler

by John O'Donohue

Every time you leave home,

another road takes you

into a world you were never in.

New strangers on other paths await.

New places that have never seen you

will startle a little at your entry.

Old places that you know well

will pretend nothing

changed since your last visit.

When you travel, you find yourself

alone in a different way,

more attentive now

to the self you bring along,

your more subtle eye watching

you abroad; and how what meets you

touches that part of the heart

that lies low at home:

How you unexpectedly attune

to the timbre in some voice,

opening a conversation

you want to take in

to where your longing

has pressed hard enough

inward, on some unsaid dark,

to create a crystal of insight

you could not have known

you needed

to illuminate

your way.

When you travel,

a new silence

goes with you,

and if you listen,

you will hear

what your heart would

love to say.

A journey can become a sacred thing:

make sure, before you go,

to take the time

to bless your going forth,

to free your heart of ballast

so that the compass of your soul

might direct you toward

the territories of spirit

where you will discover

more of our hidden life,

and the urgencies

that deserve to claim you.

May you travel in an awakened way,

gathered wisely

into your inner ground;

that you may not waste

the invitations which

wait along the way

to transform you.

May you travel safely,

arrive refreshed,

and live your time away

to it fullest;

return home more enriched,

and free to balance

the gift of days

which call you.

From: To Bless the Space Between Us

In Practice,


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