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.
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?
I watched six candles
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, @EveryDaySpirit1 tell a friend
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. affirm it
Me and this morning,
The waking sun,
The sleeping world—
I begin to wonder
How I ever believed that this was not
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
I’d love to know:
Which of these poems did you most enjoy, and why?
Share how you intend to give the beauty of this moment your attention, and any stories or grateful experiences with me in the comments.
A friend could probably use a little light and space today; send them these poems to help them make the connection.
What if you replaced the word “time” with “space”? See how that feels.