No time for a full post this morning, but I just needed to share this with you. The first four lines have been sort of haunting me as I get deeper and deeper into my yoga training. The rest of the poem is a great reminder that, no matter what kind of blizzard you were stuck in this weekend (thanks, Jonas), Spring is on it’s way to save us.
Wild Geese by 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.