Traveler’s Prayer

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I don’t believe in coincidence. I do believe in synchronicity. Less than 24 hours before I leave for a teaching trip to three cities in Japan, I open my book of daily inspirational reading Julia Cameron’s Transitions: Prayers and Declarations for a Changing Life to this passage:

“My Lifetime listens to yours”   Muriel Rukeyser

“The world is peopled by travelers each with a journey. As we make our way through our own obstacles, we are often oblivious to those who travel by our side. And yet when we open our hearts to the adventures and adversities of others, our own journey is illuminated. Those who travel beside me are my teachers and those I teach in turn.

Today, I turn my attention to the lives of others. I open to the interactive dance of our intersecting lives. Alert and attentive, I learn from those around me. Empathetic and involved, I teach what I have learned. Ours is a journey of shared hearts. I lift the lantern of camaraderie.”

And thank you Betsy for reminding me of the analogy of Johnny Appleseed. I look forward to seeing what wisdom I can gather as well as scatter.