Assurance by William Stafford

Assurance by William Stafford

This poem is an invitation to rest in open awareness, and let the sounds of nature fill our consciousness.

The felt sense prayer (anonymous)

The felt sense prayer (anonymous)

This moving poem reminds us that pain is the body’s messenger telling us that we need to pay attention and take care of ourselves the best we can. Our mindfulness practice teaches us to bring a kind and mindful attention to the pain and to our resistance to it. By doing this, we create a tender space of loving presence that can hold the pain and our resistance with compassion.

When the animals come to us by Gary Lawless

When the animals come to us by Gary Lawless

The Warrior poet Gary Lawless asks poignant questions about the ability of the human race to take care of the natural world. The more we can connect with our own bodies and aliveness, the more our sensitivity and care widen out, so we will be able to sense the needs of our larger body, the Earth.

The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry

The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry

This moving poem is a reminder of the refuge that we can find in nature, especially in times like today, when life is so unpredictable and uncertain. 

Coming up for air by Mark Nepo

Coming up for air by Mark Nepo

In this powerful poem, the poet Mark Nepo reminds us that the best way to meet our life is to let go of the mind’s stories and to bring our full loving presence to whatever is here for us.

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