Things for Thinking

If you have not experienced something, then for you it is not real. – Kabir

 

Traveler, there is no path

paths are made by walking.

– Antonio Machado

 

Something ancient and holy was unfolding all around me. It was what the wandering pilgrim-poet Basho called ‘a glimpse of the underglimmer,’ an experience of the deeply real that lurks everywhere beneath centuries of stereotypes and false images that prevent us from truly seeing other people, other places, other times.

– ‘The Art of Pilgrimage’

 

Admit that once you have got up

from your chair and opened the door

once you have walked out into the clean air

toward that edge and taken the path up high

beyond the ordinary, you have become

the privileged and the pilgrim,

the one who will tell the story

and the one, coming back

from the mountain,

who helped to make it.

– ‘Admit,’ David Whyte

 

Geese appear high over us,

pass, and the sky closes. Abandon,

as in love or sleep, holds

them to their way, clear

in the ancient faith: what we need

is here. And we pray, not

for new earth or heaven, but to be

quiet in heart, and in eye

clear. What we need is here.

-Wendell Berry

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November Jones lives in a small but very colorful house with three cats and her very noisy partner, codename: Batman.

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