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5 Short Poems: The Beauty of This Moment Is Your Life

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5 Short Poems: The Beauty of This Moment Is Your Life

In all the busy-ness that is this world, when do you allow yourself to stop spinning? This moment is your life, certainly, but how to feel as though you are truly alive, breathing in the life energy that makes the breath possible? Let these poems remind you to pause, connect, and immerse yourself in the miracle of being here.

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. The mind that responds to the intellectual and spiritual values that lie hidden in a poem, a painting, or a piece of music, discovers a spiritual vitality that lifts it above itself, takes it out of itself, and makes it present to itself on a level of being that it did not know it could ever achieve.” — Thomas Merton 

You don’t need to add more to your plate in order to feel more fully involved with life, to feel uplifted or inspired. You may simply need to reconnect with the moment that you’re currently breathing in.

Inspiration comes and graces us with the gift of feeling as though we are lifted “above ourselves,” still very much here in the moment, but perhaps in a deeper way.  This sometimes happens through poetry, music, and other forms of art, as the author and Trappist monk, Thomas Merton, once wrote.

Feeling as though we need to check off every task in a short window of time clashes with our capacity to be alive, gratefully, here. If anything, it makes us feel stressed to be here.

Don’t you want to feel as though you’re blessed to be here? Maybe, like life is some sort of miracle that you’re basking in? I certainly do, and though I haven’t checked off everything on my list yet today (and likely won’t, again), I’m willing to be alive, right here.

Pausing to reconnect with the miracle of this breath of life takes little time and creates space. That sense of spaciousness, inside and out, refreshes the mind. When I’m present with that sensation, the day flows—and so does my work.

Life is so much richer when you take mindful, grateful breaths.

This moment is your life. Let these poems guide you to that “memory of the heart,” which is how the 19th century deaf educator, Jean Baptiste Massieu, once referred to gratitude.

5 Poems, Just to Remind You That This Moment Is Your Life

What are these inhibitions?

Who put this wall here while I wasn’t looking?

Why is it that, sober,

I can barely find the words to say

What’s just beyond my heart’s reach,

But drunk on life,

I am a river of creativity?

— Ambrosia

 

I watched six candles

Burn tonight—

All at once, a

Symphony of light.

There I watched and sat,

Thinking how I might

Glow like that.

— Channeling light

 

“Be kind to yourself and enjoy life more deeply.” — Mary Davis

 

When you can see through

Your own reflection,

You have traveled far.

When you see yourself

Reflected in the trees and stars,

You have traveled deep.

When your reflection gleams from

The face of an other,

You have glimpsed the heart.

May these glimmers of memory

Stay with you while you sleep, and

Wake you to the wisdom that

Every soul keeps.

— Glimpsing the heart

 

I treat this moment as though it is my life, and thus it contains every possibility I need to thrive.

 

Me and this morning,

The waking sun,

The sleeping world—

I begin to wonder

How I ever believed that this was not

Enough.

Sitting here,

Just the earth and all its glory

And the sun shining on me.

I am content here,

Soaking up the warm earthy energy.

There’s nowhere else I’d rather be.

— This is enough

 

If I adjust my vision

And look much closer,

The invisible starts to dance—

Every particle looks like

Its own galaxy.

I imagine all the suns

We’re not seeing, and suddenly

My whole life is shimmering like

Constellations recorded in the wind.

Secrets are held in my glance.

— Hidden, here

. . .

Tell me:

Which of these poems did you need today?

Tell me in the comments. I read every single one, and I'd love to know!

What if you replaced the word “time” with “space”? See how that feels.

With love,

Jen

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In all the busy-ness of world, when do you allow yourself to stop spinning? This moment is your life, certainly, but how to feel as though you are truly alive, breathing in the life energy that makes the breath possible? Let these poems remind you to pause, connect, and immerse yourself in the miracle of being here.

Comments on this post (2)

  • May 16, 2019

    Hi Samuels, well, there are five poems here, but each is, in its own way, about the beauty of being fully in the present moment. “Drunk on life” or looking more closely at the world around you, and feeling your own presence here, and how much of a gift that is. It makes even the mundane and ordinary moments seem special. :) ~ jen

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • May 16, 2019

    What does this poem mean?

    — Samuels Tirzah

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