Mindful Musings Blog

Poems of Presence – May 2021

This month we’re exploring the Yamas and Niyamas (social ethics and the practices that support them) from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. As we shine the light of awareness on the nuances of these common sense practices, we discover they resonate with Mindfulness teachings and the opportunity to make conscious choices in every area of our lives. As always, poetry supports and uplifts our themes, and brings us to the present moment in beautiful ways. 


I Wish… (Hafiz)

I wish

I could show you

when you are lonely

or in darkness

the astonishing light

of your own being.


Mindful (Mary Oliver)

Every day

I see or hear


that more or less

kills me

with delight…

(entire poem here)


Brainstorm (Flame)

There’s a storm

In my brain

But the rain

Is clear


Seculare (Eliza Gilkyson)

Listen to song here


Thank you for the sun

Thank you for the full moon

Thank you for my true love’s face

And our lives in love consumed


Thank you for the stars

A home along the river

Thank you for the ancient groves

And the fishes brown and silver


All things running wild

Grass enough for grazing

Water flowing clean and pure

All the beauty that saves me


Thank you for the dawn

Oceans rise and falling

Children born to carry on

And the end that’s always calling


Thank you for the songs

Thank you for all my good luck

All the things that don’t go wrong

And the hopes that don’t give up


Thank you for my tears

Loved ones who forgave me

Thank you for my darkest years

All the sorrows that made me

And the beauty that saves me