A place called, Here

“All who wander are not lost” J.R.R. Tolkien said that
(The great writer of tales of travel and epic journeys )

The Wanderer learns to look deeply into the face of her aloneness and discover what truly brings her alive and what doesn’t. . . . You discover ease, inspiration, belonging, and wisdom in your own company. . . .father Richard Rohr

Are the people on the path to enlightenment there on purpose?
Or do they find the rainbow by accident
After an accident
Dazed and confused
Disoriented and disillusioned
I am a wanderer now
There is a looseness to my days
Emptiness on my calendar
I am no longer laser focused
Single minded
Seizing the day
Taking the bull by the horns
Motivated and manic
I wander and ponder
I savor
I am not lost or at least I don’t think I am
Then I read this:

Practice: Being 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. . . .
—David Wagoner

Wherever you are is called, Here
It’s a powerful stranger
That is too much to take in too quickly
As a stranger
It’s true I think
That’s why we love distraction

David Whyte writes,
“. . . Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness
to learn
anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive
is too small for you.”

I totally understand confinement of my aloneness
But, sweet?
Is it?

Richard Rohr went on to say, “In order to live your soul into the world, you must continuously loosen your beliefs about who you are.”

Loosen my beliefs
Live my soul into the world

“By trusting your unknowing, your old standards of progress dissolve and you become eligible to be chosen by new, larger standards, those that come not from your mind or old story or other people, but from the depths of your soul. You become attentive to an utterly new guidance system. . . . “

Trust the unknowing
Old definitions of progress dissolve
Old stories
Other people lose their power and influence
Up from the depths of my soul comes a new guidance system
New knowing from my soul
In a place called, Here
I am not alone
I never was and now
I ask to know and be known
In the place, called Here

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