“For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free”
While touring Wadi Rum can be a transformative experience, I’ve found it helpful to get into the right mindset before visiting. For that I turn to poet Wendell Berry.
Read his poem, “The Peace of Wild Things” when you arrive in Wadi Rum. Give yourself more opportunity to be transformed by your experience.
When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
Alternatively, listen to Berry read the poem himself here: