“A journey can become a sacred thing”

We are all travellers in one way or another, each journey varying according to the stages in life.

I travel several roads simultaneously, which makes me a constant life traveller, some paths more painful than others, none of them a holiday, but a journey nevertheless.

Traveller of Life ©MTHerzog 

“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 please that know you 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 movers sublet 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 creat 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 towards 
The territories of spirit 
Where you will discover 
More of your 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 its fullest;
Return home, more enriched, and free
To balance the gift of days which wall you.” 

For the traveller
John O’Donohue from the book Benedictus

For the last seven days I have had the pleasure of my daughter’s company, and today she travels back.

To all those on the road to somewhere, may you find what you are looking for, especially the peace you pursue, the clarity you desire, and leave the darkness behind.

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