Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Creating Space for Gratitude

Last night I participated in Oprah and Eckhart Tolle's world wide webcast, discussing Eckhart's book, A New Earth. Oprah read a poem by David Wagoner titled LOST.

I have posted it here to encourage everyone to take time everyday to be present- just to stand still, no distractions and allow yourself to just exist for a few moments. Start by taking a few deep breaths and reading this poem slowly to yourself. Create an experience:

LOST by David Wagoner.
From the book "Traveling Light: Collected and New Poems"
published by the University of Illinois Press in 1999

Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost.
Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.

Now, reflect on one thing you are grateful for in your life today. It may be as simple as reading this poem!

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