Karuna!

travelling is not about a place;
it’s more about a state not unlike grace
a new awareness of the smallest things
sometimes the way a foreign cell phone rings
the way the grass defies the sidewalk grates
the shape of doors and windows, locks and gates
the way some salt a pretzel, ice a cake
the dark blue heads of weeds along a lake –
it isn’t famous sights or unknown parts
that spark the traveller’s mind or lift our hearts
it’s in the eyes – the eyes of every day
in fact one doesn’t even have to stray

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in sanskrit and pali the term implies compassion,
but “karuna” was translated by Huxley to mean “attention”
in The Island.

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