journey

To be on a journey

To be on journey is to love your life enough to change it, to choose struggle instead of exile, to risk everything with only the glimmering hope you are on the right path.

~ Andrew Kopkind

Those who wander

Not all those who wander are lost.
~ J.R.R. Tolkien
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
By J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter

An endless pilgrimage of the heart

Faith is not the clinging to a shrine but an endless pilgrimage of the heart.

~ Abraham Joshua Heschel

Not leaving the past behind

Frequently we do not leave the past behind. We clasp on to it. We dissect it, and let fears for the future, tempered by the past, unconsciously prevent us from taking up the task eternal.

~ from EXPLORING CELTIC SPIRITUALITY by Ray Simpson

Our real journey in life is interior

Our real journey in life is interior. It is a matter of growth, deepening, and an ever greater surrender to the creative action of love and grace in our hearts.

~ from THE ROAD TO JOY by Thomas Merton

To journey and to be transformed by the journey

To journey without being changed is to be a nomad.
To change without journeying is to be a chameleon.
To journey and to be transformed by the journey
is to be a pilgrim.

~ ~ Mark Nepo

Lost

Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.

~ David Wagoner
Collected Poems: 1956-1976
By David Wagoner

When we refuse to journey

Loneliness is the feeling we have when we refuse to journey... Turning to invite the quiet transforms the feeling by changing the faces and quality of our attention. We are secure enough to let go, and to embrace solitude where we hear our own voice, even in the silence. We are wholeheartedly in the company of our deepest thoughts and feelings, independent of human presence or our physical surroundings.

~ from THE GEOGRAPHY OF THE HEART by Charlene Sexton

All life paths may be a movement toward the soul

The theory of karma suggests that life itself is in its essential nature both educational and healing, that the innate wholeness underlying the personality of each of us is being evoked, clarified, and strengthened through the challenges and experiences of our lifetime. All life paths may be a movement toward the soul.

~ Rachel Naomi Remen in KITCHEN TABLE WISDOM; STORIES THAT HEAL

The journey into the world within

I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.

~ Lillian Smith
Strange Fruit
By Lillian Smith
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