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.
~ Mary Oliver ~
1.. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles repenting.
The places in your life where you feel resentment, anger, and guilt are where you are resonating with unfinished business from the past. Make time for understanding and forgiveness. Bring self compassion into your body-mind system with each breath. In every moment is the opportunity to see the world in the present from a more self-loving place. Your parents, boss, partner, ex- and your earlier evolution of self did the best possible based on self-awareness at the time. It is not the experience you had in the past, but your resonance with the event today, that makes the difference between being stuck or moving forward.
The opportunity is to look at your needs that were not met underneath in the earlier experience, and to bring greater understanding and compassion to the message within that needs support and healing. Take the higher lesson and message into your life in the present. This will allow you to apply what you have learned to what is unfolding in front of you today. It will create greater life energy flow, discernment, and new possibilities. For you are only able to experience as much love, joy, feeling of being centered and empowerment in your life to the degree that you are able to feel all of your emotions and to allow them to inform your life.
2. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
As you feel more at home within yourself, you then can take nurture from home, the Earth itself. Gratitude and appreciation for all the ways you are taken care of, looked after, and have had needs met helps you to feel more grounded. Spending time in nature and in your heart with gratitude and appreciation are important tools for your health and relationships.
It helps you feel more oriented to the present, and creates the feeling of more safety and trust. It allows your body-mind system to work more effectively. When you to apply this anchor feeling to your current life situations, it helps you to be more aware of your self-care needs, and to register where you need to spend time introspectively, and when to spend time with others to share the warmth and joy of connection. Like the seasons of change in Nature, there is a time for everything: to rest, to create, to be more active, to harvest, and to let go.
3. 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.
You are an integral part of the interwoven web of connection. Geese fly in a formation that allows for each member to care for one another, and to help the entire group. The benefits: more uplift and less exhaustion between members flying long distance. These times are extraordinary. As a planet, and as humanity, we are entering a new era. It is vital to work together for sustainability.
Re-turning to nature, and caring for all sentient beings is an act of collective and self-preservation. At times, it may feel as though the distance is too far. However, at this pivotal time, working together to sustain life will make an important difference through sharing. These are extraordinary times that open themselves to new ways of seeing and experiencing life. Know that you have a part of this wondrous adventure. Tune into your heart and explore your part!
Poem by Mary Oliver from New and Selected Poems, Vol. 2