JewBu Quest: From Abuse to Happiness

JewBu: a Jew who practices forms of Buddhist meditation & spirituality. This blog documents my quest to 1) heal from sexual, verbal, and emotional abuse, 2) come to terms with losing Mom and Grandma to Alzheimers, 3) find balance, explore the spiritual, stay present. Bascially, I've experienced some pretty crappy shit in my life and want to find a way to move past it and find happiness.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Permission to Heal Poem

My therapist gave me this poem. I think its a very JewBu message and that you might also be struggling with these issues. So here it is:

"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 your 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,
on 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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Blogger April_optimist said...

Ah, what a lovely poem. Thanks for posting it.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 10:23:00 AM  
Blogger Marj aka Thriver said...

Wow. Thanks for this poem. It's wonderful! Nature always reminds me that all can be right with the world and we all have a place in it.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008 10:10:00 AM  

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