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Wild Geese, by Mary Oliver

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 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

Befriending life as it arises, in ourselves and others.

Remembering blue blossoms in December.

Reflections from Rachel Naomi Remen:

I’ve spent many years learning how to fix life, only to discover at the end of the day that life is not broken. There is a seed of greater wholeness in everyone and everything. We serve life best when we water and befriend it. When we listen before we act.

In befriending life, we do not make things happen according to our own design. We uncover something that is already happening in us and around us and create conditions to enable it. Everything is moving toward its place of wholeness…Befriending life is more about harmlessness than control. Harmlessness requires connection. It means listening to life from a place in us that is connected to the wholeness around us. The place in us that is also whole.