Monday, January 23, 2012

Waiting-Oriah Mountain Dreamer

A lovely poem by Oriah Mountain Dreamer.  I've posted this in honor of my mom's battle with cancer.  Mom I know you will not read this but I love you. 

To wait when waiting feels unbearable
When action seems imperative
But there is nothing to be done.
To trust that what is needed will be provided
When human resources are limited and needs are great
And distrust is more available, but divisive and destructive.
To accept
What is unacceptable
Because to fight with what is adds suffering to pain.
To be attentive
When the mind is clouded with exhaustion
So that opportunities to hold with tenderness are not missed.
To be with the anxiety that arises in muscle and bone
Not letting it drive action or paralyze
Allowing breath to create mercy around the anguish.
To take a break
When the fear-driven mind screams for constant vigilance
So the mind and heart and body can find respite and rejuvenation.
To receive the help offered
From others and from the Great Heart that holds us all
Letting gratitude temper grief,
fullness counter fear,
and compassion carry us all.

I took this photo at Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge in Middletown, RI


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