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stepping into the real world

This summer has not only seemed to pass quickly, but the world seems more crowded than ever. Perhaps it's TIME that seems more crowded than ever, and perhaps that's because I turned 70 in June. I think of my Aunt Bride, nearly 90, who has been saying to me for a few years "It's Monday and then suddenly it's Friday!" I feel a bit like that this summer!

So I examine my relationship with time, and it has led me to a deeper interior practice of taking myself into the present moment throughout the day. It Is not easy. And yet, I am pulled and fascinated by the moments offered to me by this simple intentional shifting of attention, a dropping into, a kind of coming back to reality. Now.

And so when I came across this quote from Mary Oliver, I felt and understood it immediately:

       The Old Poets of China

Wherever I am the world comes after me.

It offers me busyness. It does not believe

that I do not want it. Now I understand

why the old poets of China went so far and high

into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.

If I cannot be an old poet of China, I am indeed glad to resonate with Mary Oliver.

 

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01.04 | 20:45

Thanks, Mary Beth...that is how it felt in that moment. And still says with me. Thanks for commenting...

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01.04 | 16:45

Have only peeked into your poeming on Easter Sunday...and lo....feel the paschal mystery, soul'd mystery proclaims Exultet...in a very interior manner! Thanks s

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18.03 | 17:38

Edith is our mentor and prophet for the times she knows we are trying to let go, be freed from whatever impedes growth,goodness and giving!

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14.03 | 19:26

Thank you Brenda for providing this resource. Your selection of books make fine companions on life's path, especially at this time.

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