Wild Geese ~ Mary Oliver

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.by:  Mary Oliver
A friend posted this poem on Facebook and when I read it, time stood still.  My breath stopped and it felt like my heartbeat temporarily suspended.  I had a beautiful moment in time when everything around me disappeared and all the cells in my Being were chanting ‘Aum’.  I read it again.  Then again.
Each time I read this poem I feel a great sense of Peace wash over me, a feeling that everything makes sense … in my life and in the world.  Mary Oliver’s words remind me to follow that intuitive, instinctive compass deep inside because that is what guides me Home to fulfilling my Dharma.  It’s easy to get distracted by gifts and shortcomings along the Dharmic journey.  This poem is a great reminder to keep my eyes on the real task, Being Me … not the ego me that is identified and attached to being a certain person, but the Me that is behind the labels and expectations, the Me that whispers from a different place and speaks to me in Inspirations and Dreams, Hopes and Loves ….. my Highest Me.
I hope that by sharing this poem with you, a bit of that Peace will kiss your heart also, and allow space for you to Be You.
Namaste, Great Souls~

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