Mindful Musings Blog

Poems of Presence – July 2021

What a deep and useful exploration — how the 8 limbs of Yoga and relate to the teachings of Mindfulness, especially during this stimulating time of transition back into the world. The posture and breath bring us back to center again. As does poetic renderings, supporting each week’s theme.


Awareness (John Austin)

her gaze is so constant,
our every move
with such affection,
a ceaseless vigil
without condition
or agenda,
unrelenting in her
embrace. (entire poem here)


The Mirror (Hafiz)

Look how a mirror will reflect

with perfect equanimity

all actions before it.


There is no act in this world

that will ever cause the mirror

to look away.


There is no act in the is world

that will ever make the mirror

say, “no.”


The mirror, like perfect love,

will just keep giving of itself

to all before it.