Can you imagine what it would be like, in this moment, to have a heart that is ready for anything? – Tara Brach, True Refuge
This poem is an invitation and encouragement for all of us to find a place of safety and peace inside ourselves, our inner refuge.
In this beautiful and touching poem, the Vietnamese Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh invites us to keep our hearts open and to cultivate compassion for all of life.
To enjoy these meditation poems, find a quiet spot, sit in a comfortable position and notice your in and out breath. Read each poem slowly so the image sinks in. Close your eyes, and say silently to yourself the key words for each in-breath and out-breath. Smile and enjoy!
This poem is a beautiful reminder of the essence of sitting meditation, a deep listening inward, bringing loving presence to the world inside and outside.
This poem is a gentle reminder to open ourselves fully to the gifts of each moment, as we go through each day.
This poem is a beautiful invitation to receive all the sensations in our body with a loving awareness and trust in our true nature.
In this inspiring poem, the poet and teacher Mark Nepo reminds us what it means to remain true to ourselves on our life journey.
In this simple and powerful poem, the Chinese poet Wu-Men reminds us that we can find peace when we are truly present to the constant flow of change in our life.
In this powerful evocation, the poet Mary Oliver reminds us of the inevitability of loss and the need to learn to let go of what we love.