When the Sense of Destination Becomes Gracious, The Journey Can Become An Adventure in Beauty

Younger Mary by Bruce Herman

Traditionally, a journey was a rhythm of three forces: time, self and space.  Now the digital virus has truncated time and space.  Marooned on each instant, we have forfeited the practice of patience, the attention to emergence and delight in the Eros of discovery.  The self has become anxious for what the next instant might bring.  This greed for destination obliterates the journey.  The digital desire for the single instant schools the mind in false priority.  Each instant proclaims its own authority and the present image demands the complete attention of the eye.  There is no sense of natural sequence where an image is allowed to emerge from its background and context when the time is right, the eye is worthy and the heart is appropriate.  The mechanics of electronic imaging reverses the incarnation of the real encounter.  But a great journey needs plenty of time.  It should not be rushed; if it is, your life becomes a kind of abstract package tour devoid of beauty and meaning.  There is such a constant whirr of movement that you never know where you are.  You have no time to give yourself to the present experience.  When you accumulate experiences at such a tempo, everything becomes thin.  Consequently, you become ever more absent from your life and this fosters emptiness that haunts the heart.

When you regain a sense of your life as a journey of discovery, you return to rhythm with yourself.  When you take the time to travel with reverence, a richer life unfolds before you.  Moments of beauty begin to braid your days.  When your mind becomes more acquainted with reverence, the light, grace and elegance of beauty find you more frequently.  When the destination becomes gracious, the journey becomes an adventure of beauty.

-John O’Donohue

Beauty: The Invisible Embrace

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One thought on “When the Sense of Destination Becomes Gracious, The Journey Can Become An Adventure in Beauty

  1. thrownfree says:

    “When you regain a sense of your life as a journey of discovery, you return to rhythm with yourself. When you take the time to travel with reverence, a richer life unfolds before you. Moments of beauty begin to braid your days.”
    I love that! That’s why I love my walks with nobody but the dog when I can truly look around myself at the beauty in forgotten corners (A couple of days ago, I found a yard, blooming with potted flowers, I’d never even seen before)! That’s why I love ‘slow food’ and tea brewing and staring out the window at birds. I need to bring that same patience to my writing; in my quest for recognition and affirmation, I too often look at a page of words as something I must conquer, instead of a place I may indwell.
    I love that John O’Donohue.
    klc

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