Yoga & Wild Geese

Taken By Annette Benedetti
By Annette Benedetti

Last night I went to yoga. My teacher read this while I lay in savasana staring up at the spinning, white ceiling fan — my way of rebelling against a pose that takes my mind to places it would rather not go.

This time, it was just what I needed.

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.

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