A friend sent me this poem today and I wanted to share it with you. This is the spiritual journey for me–letting go of all those old stories that keep me from living in peace. I love the image of the backpack. Getting rid of those old emotions that hold us in a tight knot. Filling our backpacks with compassion brings forth a sense of connection. May it be so!!
The Sage Must Travel Light
Youth can carry a heavy load day after day
Without noticing the damaging effects.
But the sage must lay down the burden.
Grudges and disappointments
Are much too cumbersome
For a person of wisdom and contentment.
The sage must travel light.
There is a backpack in the mind
Which over the years, has become
Filled with rocks and stones.
You do not have to carry them anymore.
You can empty your pack
And carry only compassion
From one day to the next.