I am grateful to be able to travel these days, and appreciate a new way of embracing it. What was taken for granted, becomes a newly inspired gift. These words from John O’Donohue capture it all.

Every time you leave home,
Another road takes you
Into a world you were never in.
New strangers on other paths await.
New places that have never seen you
Will startle a little at your entry.
Old places that know you well
Will pretend nothing
Changed since your last visit.
When you travel, you find yourself
Alone in a different way,
More attentive now
To the self you bring along,
Your more subtle eye watching
You abroad; and how what meets you
Touches that part of the heart
That lies low at home:
How you unexpectedly attune
To the timbre in some voice,
Opening in conversation
You want to take in
To where your longing
Has pressed hard enough
Inward, on some unsaid dark,
To create a crystal of insight
You could not have known
You needed
To illuminate
Your way.
When you travel,
A new silence
Goes with you,
And if you listen,
You will hear
What your heart would
Love to say.
A journey can become a sacred thing:
Make sure, before you go,
To take the time
To bless your going forth,
To free your heart of ballast
So that the compass of your soul
Might direct you toward
The territories of spirit
Where you will discover
More of your hidden life,
And the urgencies
That deserve to claim you.
May you travel in an awakened way,
Gathered wisely into your inner ground;
That you may not waste the invitations
Which wait along the way to transform you.
May you travel safely, arrive refreshed,
And live your time away to its fullest;
Return home more enriched, and free
To balance the gift of days which call you.
~ John O’Donohue ~ 

If travel is in your plans soon, remember it can be a sacred thing… even with the pressure and stress of family expectations during the Holidays.


About Val Boyko

Val Boyko is originally from Scotland and came to the United States over 25 years ago. At "Find Your Middle Ground" Val brings together her experience as a life coach, yoga teacher and mentor, to inspire awakening to the light and inspiration within us all. This blog is a place of exploration and discovery as we all explore finding harmony and peace, in the highs and lows of life 💛

32 comments on “Inspiration for the Traveler

  1. Pingback: Inspiration for the Traveler – ultimate windows

  2. Love John O’Donohue. No travel this year except outside my door which can be an adventure in itself. It’s all sacred. Merry Christmas, Val.

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  3. 🙏🏼❄️🎄Thanks, Val. Season’s greetings!

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  4. Lovely verse Val. Travel and adventure can open new perspectives. Enjoy!

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  5. The excitement built from ‘being new’ in touching change. A travelers gift on touchdown, arrival, expectations mixed with the headiness of the unknown. Great post Val, may your travels have a little of it all 😀❤️🙏🏽🦋🎅🏽🎄🎁⛄️

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  6. Traveling now, so great timing!

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  7. Wonderful Val. Happy Holidays! 👼🎅🦌🌟🎄

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  8. A lovely post, Val. Beautiful sentiment and the emphasis by John O’Donohue…pure magic. His words are always a balm for my soul and this poem, at just the right time. Thank you, my friend. 🙏🏻💜

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  9. Beautiful 🧡🧡

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  10. Alas, those who fail to travel in an awakened way
    Push and shove and waste the invitations
    Which wait along the way to transform them

    They return home as they left . . . none the wiser.

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  11. I really enjoyed John O’Donohue’s poem, Val, thank you. Travel is different since the pandemic, but his words and yours are a great inspiration for one of my favorite pastimes as we venture out in the year ahead. Cheers and thanks.

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  12. Happy Christmas 🎄

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  13. Great

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