POETRY


Poetry is a powerful tool, shared throughout many mindfulness courses as a way to illustrate the power of what it means to be present for our lives.  The University of California San Diego Center for Mindfulness has done a wonderful job displaying many of the poems read during the MBSR and the MSC courses on their website.  With gratitude to them for their effort, we humbly point you to their collection.

And, from time to time, we’ll post one of our favorites:

 

A Timbered Choir (excerpt)

by:  Wendell Berry

I go among trees and sit still.
All my stirring becomes quiet around me
like circles on water.
My tasks lie in their places where I left them
asleep like cattle.
Then what is afraid of me comes
and lives a while in my sight.
What it fears in me leaves me
and the fear of me leaves it.
It sings and I hear its song.
Than what I am afraid of comes.
I live for a while in its sight.
What I fear in it leaves it
and the fear of it leaves me.
It sings and I hear its song.