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Mindful Poetry Day 19

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Mindful Poetry Day 19

The Journey

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice-
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do–
determined to save
the only life you could save.

By Mary Oliver

For the next 20 Days I invite you to connect with Mindfulness through poetry. Leave a comment if you’ve enjoyed the poem or post your favorite poem.

Here is a step by step guide on how to engage with this practice:

  1. Each day I will post a careful selected poem
  2. Find a quiet place, sit comfortable and read the poem aloud to yourself, preferable more than once. An audio recording will also be available in case you prefer to listen to the poem
  3. Take the poem into your heart and your body. Become intimate with it and allow it to guide you into intimacy with yourself
  4. Allow a spaciousness of interpretation, openness of the senses and a deep experience of understanding, distinct from cognitive comprehension.
  5. Spend some time with the poem, as a way of choosing to be present and mindful.
  6. Bring the poem into your family and community. Share your experience with your loved ones, including Mindful Brain Community.
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Ela AmarieEla Amarie
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Founder Mindful Brain

<p>Hello and welcome to Mindful Brain!<br /> My name is Ela Amarie and I am a psychologist, mindfulness teacher, and certified yoga instructor. As a Romanian woman, I have found a second home in the beautiful city of Zurich, Switzerland where I founded Mindful Brain in 2012.</p>

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