Awareness

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 2

Summer is over. The school year has begun in earnest. Already, the fullness of each day (aka, the to-dos of each day) is acutely apparent to me. My good intentions to take care of myself have resurfaced. I’m “back on the mat” as they say, practicing to limber my body, my mind, my soul.

I’m wanting to dwell in a space of ease.
To be in this life,
my  life,
here now,
moment to moment.

In practicing and moving forward with this intention, I’m reminded how nature, the very sights and sounds around me each and every day, can help me with this awareness. And, I’m reminded of poetry and its rhythms to call forth both a groundedness and a flow through life. So for today, this spider web, these words…

Spider-Web_rs

Invitation by Mary Oliver

Oh do you have time
to linger
for just a little while
out of your busy

and very important day
for the goldfinches
that have gathered
in a field of thistles

for a musical battle,
to see who can sing
the highest note,
or the lowest,

or the most expressive of mirth,
or the most tender?
Their strong, blunt beaks
drink the air

as they strive
melodiously
not for your sake
and not for mine

and not for the sake of winning
but for sheer delight and gratitude—
believe us, they say,
it is a serious thing

just to be alive
on this fresh morning
in the broken world.
I beg of you,

do not walk by
without pausing
to attend to this
rather ridiculous performance.

It could mean something.
It could mean everything.
It could be what Rilke meant, when he wrote:
You must change your life.

2 Responses

  1. This is a beautiful post; I so enjoyed reading it this morning. And isn’t Mary Oliver’s stuff wonderful??? Good luck with the beginning of the semester, Meghan, and here’s hoping the weather continues a cool down right on into Fall…

  2. Corinna says:

    Ooooh. Thank you for sharing this on this fresh morning. xo

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