Our lives are often referred to as a journey. We set out from a place we have forgotten, along a path we are unsure of to a destination we hope we will find. For most of us we much of the journey is stumbling blindly along an unforgiving path.
There is a beautiful Greek poem “Ithaka” that speaks of this journey we embark upon:
….When you set out for Ithaka
ask that your way be long,
full of adventure, full of instruction…
Have Ithaka always in your mind.
Your arrival is what you are destined for.
But don’t in the least hurry the journey.
Better it lasts for years,
so that when you reach the island you are old,
rich with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to give you wealth.
Ithaka gave you the splendid journey.
Without her you would not have set out.
She hasn’t anything else to give you.
And if you find her poor, Ithaka hasn’t deceived you.
So wise you have become, of such experience,
that already you’ll have understood what these Ithaka mean.”
Coming to The Lavender Sage pages at this station in my life, is like finding a map of my journey so far and realising all the inspiration, guidance and a powerful positive engagement with the world of inner peace and harmony that I have been given at other stations on route.
And I feel enormous gratitude to all those teachers who shared their knowledge and experience from their Ithaka; and deep humility in recognising the patience and the love and the unconditional kindness that I have received.
I know that the next stage of my journey, when I set off again, will carry these teachings more firmly embedded through daily practice and reflection and a very great part of this is due to the flame within being re-ignited by the meditations and posts put out on these pages.
So thank you all who contribute to The Lavender Sage pages and especially Ella and Joya, for setting this wonderful wheel in motion.
Om tat sat.