And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. As you enter the house, greet it. And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you.
Worthiness is not something we yearn toward;
it is something we are.
This is not two dogs touching noses on the street,
hackles raising up,
both bluffing and serious in turn.
This is not the dance of two Sandhill Cranes,
dipping, and then flinging their wings wide
as they step over last year’s corn harvest.
worthiness is like the way
the tip of the fern bows to the rain;
the manner of the sea glass,
tumbled until it releases its harsh edges;
the ripening of the blueberry in sun and cool nights.
Peace will surround such things
and then your peace will know
the effortless way to flow.