Beauty for 2019

 In Compassion, Empathy, Meditation, Mindfulness, Nature, Stress

It is a pleasure to share some of my favorite poems and quotes with all you.
As you read, feel each word, each verse in your whole body, read slowly, breath and enjoy.
Make poetry a practice of mindfulness, it is a powerful resource to feel filled of love, confidence and beauty, which may be a great antidote to stress, difficult emotions and all the problems that only our minds imagine.
I really hope they will infuse ease, love and beauty within you.

Jalaluddin RUMI
“And you, When will you begin that long journey into yourself ?”

Jalaluddin RUMI – The guest house
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all,
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honourably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
Meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
Because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

Mary OLIVER – Wild Gees
“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.”

Wendel BERRY – A spiritual journey
And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles,
no matter how long,
but only by a spiritual journey,
a journey of one inch,
very arduous and humbling and joyful,
by which we arrive at the ground at our feet,
and learn to be at home.

Jalaluddin RUMI – The guest house
“The breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you
Don’t go back to sleep!
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep!
People are going back and forth
across the doorsill where the two worlds touch,
The door is round and open
Don’t go back to sleep!”

Photo by Karlo Knell at Unsplash