Both Mindfulness and Poetry are really helpful in waking people up to their precious lives.
We return to directly experiencing ourselves and our lives more vividly, not continually through the veil of ‘thought’
Participants of courses, tell me that some poems touch them deeply, not just their understanding but also their senses, intelligence, emotions and imagination. Rather than describing an experience, a line of a poem IS the experience. So, it shows us how to be more present in the living of our lives and it allows us to share these heartfelt experiences with others.
For example on a day like today
The Project by Muriel Rukeyser
In words that are green-edged red leaves:
Flower flower flower flower
Today for the sake of the dead Burst into flower!
Always we hope by Lao Tzu
Always we hope
Someone else has the answer
Some other place will be better,
Some other time it will all turn out.
This is it.
No one else has the answer
No other place will be better,
And it has already turned out.
At the center of your being
You have the answer,
You know who you are
And you know what you want.
There is no need
To run outside
For better seeing.
Nor to peer from a window.
Rather abide at the center of your being;
For the more you leave it, the less you learn.
Search your heart
The way to do
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
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