Blessing #21: A Blessing For The Traveler

 "Every time you leave home, 

Another road takes you

Into a world you were never in.  


New strangers on the other paths await. 

New places that have never seen you

Will startle a little at your entry. 

Old places 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 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.  


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 call you."