Poetry can be a solace. It takes you out of yourself and offers a deeper view of life. The pandemic has created a weariness that is deeply felt by most of us. Poetry can bring comfort and bring a different lens with which to view life. For example:
The Peace of Wild Things
By Wendell Berry
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief.
I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light.
For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
Your inner growth is completely dependent upon the realization that the only way to find peace and contentment is to stop thinking about yourself. You’re ready to grow when you finally realize that the “I” who is always talking inside will never be content. It always has a problem with something. Honestly, when was the last time you really had nothing bothering you? Before you had your current problem, there was a different problem. And if you’re wise, you will realize that after this one’s gone, there will be another one.Singer, Michael A
The wisdom this author suggests rests on the idea that we suffer because we are so attached the “self” Meditation is the way to train your mind to watch what is happening in your your inner world and to figure out who really is talking.
|Books worth reading: (note: many people sort of apologize for listening to books rather than reading. An new study out suggests that actually listening may be just as good as reading if not better). The point is to be open, be curious about expanding your mind and your point of view.|
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