Go gently

Go gently.

While on retreat recently my spiritual director often sent me on my way after our daily meeting with this phrase: “go gently.”  She said it with such simplicity, care, faith; it gave me a sense of hope; she helped me remember just being gentle is a great gift.

It’s clearly great advice, but it is also a lovely blessing:  “Go” is freeing.  It’s not a prohibition against something, it’s not an urgent admonition or an overly-eager grand goal.  It’s simple: go.  And how to do it?  Gently.  That’s actually fairly easy as well.  It’s mostly a matter of remembering the simple kindness of letting things (and people, including myself) just be.

Just be, and go gently.

 

Take time to travel

Travel.  It almost doesn’t matter where you go.  Just go someplace new to you.  If you’re like me and one of your favorite things is to snuggle up with a good book and a great cup of coffee in your own sweet bed, and the thought of having to navigate through a bustling world seems not altogether appealing, then choose places where you can stay awhile, do a little nesting in a new place.  You don’t have to be gregarious to travel well.  The main requisite is simply to be open to something new once in a while.  Travel.  Go places.  See new sights, meet new people, taste new treats, hear new languages (or at least accents), smell new aromas, find new feelings within yourself.

Why?  Because traveling helps us grow in ways staying at home can’t.  Even if you have a “bad” time on your trip, you’re likely to appreciate home better.  If you have a “great” time on your trip, you’ll be hooked, and better ready to adventure further.  Every time you travel, you’ll make more of Earth your home, and (hopefully) yourself a better citizen of it.

 

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