The Map You Make Yourself
You have looked at so many doors
wondering if your life lay on the other side.
choose the door that opens to the inside.
Travel the most ancient way of all:
the path that leads you to the center
of your life.
but the one you make yourself.
but what you already carry
and the grace that comes to those who walk
the pilgrim’s way.
Speak this blessing
as you set out and watch how your rhythm slows,
the cadence of the road drawing you into the pace that is your own.
Eat when hungry.
Rest when tired.
Listen to your dreaming.
Welcome detours as doors deeper in.
Pray for protection.
Ask for guidance.
Offer gladness for the gifts that come,
and then let them go.
Do not expect to return by the same road.
Home is always by another way,
and you will know it not by the light
that waits for you
but by the star that blazes inside you,
telling you where you are is holy
and you are welcome here.
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