Be still….there’s magic in this day!

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Mindful

by Mary Oliver

Every day

I see or I hear

something

that more or less

kills me

with delight,

that leaves me 

like a needle

in the haystack

of light.

It is what I was born for–

to look, to listen,

to lose myself

inside this soft world–

to instruct myself

over and over

in joy

and acclamation.

Nor am I talking

about the exceptional,

the fearful, the dreadful,

the very extravagant,

the fearful, the dreadful,

the very extravagant–

but of the ordinary,

the common, the very drab,

the daily presentations.

Oh, good scholars,

I say to myself,

how can you help

but grow wise

with such teachings

as these–

the untrimmable light

of the world,

the ocean’s shine,

the prayers that are made

out of grass?

As I step into this brand new year, I intend to “see or hear something that more or less kills me with delight,”  to be inspired by the magic of the each day, to be instructed by the ordinary daily encounters and experiences offered up for me when I pay attention.

Who better than Mary Oliver to remind me to “look, to listen,to lose myself inside this soft world–to instruct myself over and over in joy, and acclamation.”  “To pay attention…this is our right and proper work,” the poet instructs in another poem called “Yes!No!

Looking out my window as I write today, the bare trees are shrouded in a rainy mist and I delight in the stillness of this moment…may I “grow wise with such teachings as these.”

Have a beautiful day….a beautiful year!

PEACE

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