Today by Mary Oliver, A Thousand Mornings
“Today I’m flying low and I’m
not saying a word.
I’m letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep.
The world goes on as it must,
the bees in the garden rumbling a little,
the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten
And so forth.
But I’m taking the day off,
Quiet as a feather.
I hardly move though really I’m traveling
a terrific distance.
Stillness. One of the doors
into the temple.”
In this festive, busy season of high expectations, create internal quiet amidst the chaos to prepare, reflect, be still. Quiet to hear the soft whisper of peace, guided by the compass of your soul, breathing in the crisp air to be restored and gently pulled toward purpose and depth.
On a foundation of gratitude, awe and silence, be ready to take it in. All of it. And then go back out and be a blessing to your world.
Wonderful advice and eloquently stated. When we quiet the mind and open the soul, we uncover the true beauty around this time of year. And, if we remain quiet, we realize that there is no reason this beauty shouldn’t remain with us every day of the year.
Beautifully said! Thank you.
Ever so eloquent. Absolutely amazing. The silence can get too loud sometimes…
It does get loud and I think that means it has something important for us to hear and we should listen carefully. Thanks for your kind words.