For The Traveler

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 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 in 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 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.

~ John O’Donohue

This Is Where ~ Sacred Valley Peru Video

Friends and Journeyers,

In loving memory of our beloved journeyer, friend, and medicine woman, Mary Butler. Enjoy this beautiful Exquisite Experience of Peru’s Sacred Valley created with an incredible artist’s eye. Nannette Chisholm created this in tribute to the Spirit Filled Journey she was a part of in February 2015. You may find more of Nannette’s art on her FB page.

What an incredibly special journey we shared…

https://youtu.be/zJM4LmH9iyc