sojourn, v.

1. intr. To make a temporary stay in a place; to remain or reside for a time.

2. intr. To travel, journey.

Perhaps contrary to your initial thought, the definition of sojourn is simple, because that is all there is. Give yourself a moment to realize the reality of the preceding sentence.

The relative dimensions of time and space largely shape the human experience. The notions of there and not here, far and near, along with before and after, are all very personal as they should be since all of us are individual centers of consciousness.

As we first open our eyes to the world, we are much like a newly formed leaf who wakes up and says “I am everything there is.” Then the leaf begins to look around and see that there are other leaves that live on the same. Thru a greater awakening, the leaf then initiates the five leaves into the Self and declares, “We are everything there is.” Not long after, the leaf experiences yet another awakening. The leaf sees that all of the branches, including the one it resides on, share a tree trunk. The leaf looks below and sees that even the trees share roots. As the leaf observes the cycle of life, it sees that atmosphere and soil provide necessary materials to the roots that provide nutrients to the entire tree. With a sense of awe and gratitude, the leaf eagerly transforms its worldview and proudly affirms, “I am a part of everything there is and I must do my part.”

My wish for you is that each day, you open yourself up to a greater awakening and realize a higher sense of Self than the day before. Take the first step and your journey will unfold before you.

And lastly, if you find yourself aching for something good to read, I highly recommend A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle and particularly, Chapter 7: Finding Who You Truly Are.

If you find yourself aching for something good to hear, much of A New Earth’s audiobook can be found on YouTube at

I read it two years ago during my last semester at Babson College, where I had previously met the book’s recommender. He often calls himself Steward and he is exactly that, but for me he is much more; he’s an Awakener.

On that note, below is an inspirational thought from another awakener: Albert Einstein.

“Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.”


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