Good Morning! And welcome to your practice for Day #5.
Spaciousness. Stillness. Quietude.
In a world where there is so much vying for attention, these qualities can feel like a luxury, or the hallmark of a bygone era.
Which is why I'm going to silence my yapper and bring us right into practice for today's meditation.
But first, this Public Service Announcement from Nobel Prize winning poet, Pablo Neruda.
Because...Truth. And Beauty. (what a winning combination.)
by Pablo Neruda
Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still.
For once on the face of the earth,
let’s not speak in any language;
let’s stop for one second,
and not move our arms so much.
It would be an exotic moment
without rush, without engines;
we would all be together
in a sudden strangeness.
Fisherman in the cold sea
would not harm whales
and the man gathering salt
would not look at his hurt hands.
Those who prepare green wars,
wars with gas, wars with fire,
victories with no survivors,
would put on clean clothes
and walk about with their brothers
in the shade, doing nothing.
What I want should not be confused
with total inactivity.
Life is what it is about;
I want no truck with death.
If we were not so single-minded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with death.
Perhaps the earth can teach us
as when everything seems dead
and later proves to be alive.
Now I’ll count up to twelve
and you keep quiet and I will go.
Just grab a comfortable seat, and perhaps a pen + paper to capture your own insights after meditation, and click the video ABOVE.