This month I’m welcoming the energy of tarot’s Fool and seeing what magic captures my attention as I blog through the alphabet in the A-to-Z challenge. Today we’re visiting the letter B.
B is for bummel.
Bummel means to stroll leisurely; saunter; wander. I learned the word many years ago from an old man who had clearly mastered the art, and I fell in love with the word and the enterprise.
Our neighborhood is having some infrastructure work done and work crews are out creating giant holes in the streets and tearing up various sidewalks, making navigating to nearby places a bit challenging. Walking to the store down the block required a several-block detour, and rather than be annoyed I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to bummel. And who is better at bummeling than Fool, so of course I invoked a bit of Fool magic to see what might show up.
I found 11 cents; saw a squirrel doing his best to drag half a bagel to a secret noshing spot before being noticed by his peers; found a feather, and eavesdropped for a while as a mailcarrier carried on a phone conversation while delivering mail.
Outward signs of Spring are still mostly hidden right now, but I can feel the energy getting ready to burst forward – it’s palpable. That’s what I noticed mostly as I meandered. An overwhelming sense of expectation and promise. What beautiful energy to be in, and I came home feeling like I had been dusted in possibility.
And then I stumbled upon this favorite piece from Rumi:
“Keep walking, though there’s no place to get to.
Don’t try to see through the distances.
That’s not for human beings.
Move within, but don’t move the way fear makes you move.
Today, like every other day, we wake up empty & frightened.
Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading.
Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”
Perfect isn’t it? Exactly the kind of message Fool would remind me of after we’ve been bummeling.
What about you? Have you been meandering lately? Have a favorite word gifted to you by a wise old one? Been out walking with Fool lately? Are you doing what you love? Do tell – you know I love to hear.