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Every Step You Take is Your Home
“Treading along in this dreamlike, illusory realm,
Without looking for the traces I may have left;
A cuckoo’s song beckons me to return home;
Hearing this, I tilt my head to see
Who has told me to turn back;
But do not ask me where I am going,
As I travel in this limitless world,
Where every step I take is my home.”
I love the Zen Buddhist poets. In a few, simple but profound words, they essentially sum up everything. What does home mean to you? Is it an actual physical place? Or a feeling inside of you? Like this woman wearing a mask, do you hide who you are or really dare to show yourself and share your sense of belonging with others. Do you feel courageous enough to be truly authentic and reveal the actual face of who you are and live your life with meaning, rather than being seduced by advertising, marketing and technology?
When I typed the word home into Google, I only saw lots of blogs on how to decorate and improve your house with DIY. I was somewhat taken aback that nothing else showed up. It demonstrates how removed we are from the poem by Dogen and the timeless sense of a limitless world and our place on the planet as we move through life.
Times have certainly changed as they do, as the years roll by. Yet some of the true qualities of what it means to be human seem to be lost somewhat in a world where we are more and more controlled by uncaring politicians, technology, rich individuals and money hungry companies. Yet there is still hope as we glance back to the exquisite poetry and Zen brilliance of cutting through to the heart of the matter.
Actually home is where ever you are, in this very moment. It is in your heart and soul.
“I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.”