Thanks Ross. That is a thoughtful and subtle article.
This is a nice translation
of the Castaneda quote at the top of your article.
I don't think it's necessary or desirable to practise failure or dependency. But we should practise despite them.
I like the link between inspiration and respiration as we travel looking, looking, breathlessly
And - still in a Spanish mood - this is from a beautiful love poem by Pablo Neruda that also talks about the heart and the road:
I have said that you sang in the wind
like the pines and like the masts.
Like them you are tall and taciturn,
and you are sad, all at once, like a voyage.
You gather things to you like an old road.
You are peopled with echoes and nostalgic voices.
I awoke and at times birds fled and migrated
that had been sleeping in your soul.