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Coined by Rick Jarow, the term “to goom” has a triad of ancestral roots:
- Anglicized from the Hindi word, gumna (घूमना), meaning “to wander.”
- The first chapter of the ancient Chinese text, Zhuangzi, is loosely translated as, “Free and Easy Wandering”, or “Wandering Beyond”. Zhuangzi’s philosophy likened the ideal Taoist mental disposition to a metaphorical stroll throughout life, remaining impartially present and aimless. Gooming engulfed this Taoist ideal, directing it at the physical act of wandering
- In aboriginal Australian custom, a walkabout was a spiritual act in which the individual unplugs from society and haphazardly treks in solitude across the wilderness, often for distances greater than 500 miles. Aided by nothing other than belief in a spiritual guide, the individual sought to settle a time of transition in his or her life.
To goom is to blissfully, aimlessly, and freely wander, fascinated and yet detached from every fractal of the indefinite journey. Once you no longer know where you’re going, you’re gooming.