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."