Front yard garden box
Your hands deep in darkened soil
Planting life in me
-Woody Sheetz-Willard, MLUC Meditation Group Participant and Poet
A recent episode of On Being featuring Naomi Shihab Nye struck me and inspired me to facilitate a month-long look at poetry for our MLUC Meditation Group I. Nye shared the concept that we are all “living in a poem,” and reminds us how poetry can tell a story that elevates. She writes, “you’re not battered by thought in a poem, but you are sort of as if you’re riding the wave of thought, as if you’re allowing thought to enter. You’re shifting. You’re changing. You’re looking. You are in a sensibility that allows you that sort of mental, emotional, spiritual interaction with everything around you.” Listen on below:
Poetry invites an intimacy that is akin to the intimacy one can cultivate in meditation or mindfulness. It is not about changing things or making them a certain way but instead helping us see what is happening and how we might be with it.
Listed below are some of the poems and readings that were shared:
- The Cure For All Of It by Julia Fehrenbacher – “Go gently today, don’t hurry“
- Intimacy Issues by our own Greg Gaul – “sometimes it starts with a glance“
- A Moment Of Happiness by Rumi – “You and I unselfed, will be together“
- The Sound of Silence by Paul Simon – “Hello darkness, my old friend“
- To You by Walt Whitman – “now I place my hand upon you, that you be my poem“
- Kindness by Naomi Shihab Nye – “like a shadow or a friend“
We will continue on Sunday, August 19 at 8:30 a.m. as we work with the poetry of vulnerability. Click here to join us and bring your favorite poem on the topic. Each week will include a short talk and will invite participants to bring and share their own favorite poems on the week’s topic.
“During suffering, everyone prays to the Lord, but when experiencing happiness, we forget to thank God. If one were to pray to God even during the good times, can the bad times ever trouble one?” – Kabir