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Connection and Mindfulness

Updated: Jan 22

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As the first day (6 hours down!) of a "Mindfulness for Practitioners" course I'm taking wraps up, the instructor Terry Fralich concludes with this poignant poem by Mary Oliver about acceptance and connection.

Put in my own words: YOU ARE ENOUGH and YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

"You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -- over and over announcing your place in the family of things."

- Mary Oliver

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