Awareness Knowing Itself
I just met Danna Faulds poetry. I used this poem as it has a sabbath quality to it. The words suggest stillness and non-reaching that mesh together. The real me is living inside stillness and non-reaching. Letting go affords opportunities to locate myself in the effortless that emerges.
Settle in the here and now.
Reach down into the center
where the world is not spinning
and drink this holy peace.
Feel relief flood into every
cell. Nothing to do. Nothing
to be but what you are already.
Nothing to receive but what
flows effortlessly from the
mystery into form.
Nothing to run from or run
toward. Just this breath,
awareness knowing itself as
embodiment. Just this breath,
awareness waking up to truth.
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I love this! Thank you for sharing. We could all gain a lot of stillness and introspection from tho piece.
I started a section called on my blog called poetry from afar,” which may suit your interests. Take care
Thank you Sarah. I will look at that section of your blog. Take care.
I tried this kinda stuff. I think most Westerners are not geared for this like many cultures are. Too busy dealing with the outside. This is not to say this meditation does not have merit but hey I gotta go get an oil change for the car.
I found it challenging to set aside time daily. One thing that helped was I saw it as another form of praying which is a Western practice. I was raised in a family which had daily prayer time in the morning and evening. I think the hardest thing for me was listening to what I had to say in the quiet time.
This really does have the calming affect that comes with the Sabbath Ivon. Thank you.
You are welcome Mimi and thank you.
Thank you Ivon. This is yoga.
I love Donna Faulds work. She guides us to breathe into the present moment and connect with peace and divinity within us.
No sabbath required, it is a daily practice 🙂
I agree Val. It is a daily practice. Wayne Muller speaks about the need to find those sabbath moments daily.
Thank you Ivon for introducing me to Wayne Muller and his work. I love this idea and practice.
You are welcome.