Poetry, like many other things such a walk, a cup of tea, or a moment of laughter with someone I love, restore me. I often memorize poems while walking,, taking one line and repeating it; engraving it on my heart. This one line woven together with the next becomes a fabric of awakening and comfort for my soul.
This week learn a poem with me! The following poem by Thich Nhat Hahn I find rich with meaning.
Each day this week I’ll post at iRetreat.org one line of the poem. And I’ll include some daily journal prompts to inspire your writing or you can simply take the one line and repeat it.
Might this poem be medicine for your self care as we move toward the Fall Equinox at the end of this week?
Life is precious as it is.
All the elements for your happiness are already here.
There is no need to run, strive, search, or struggle.
It’s a funny thing to contemplate because we reply: who else could I be? But we all know it to be true. We pretend, wear masks and act in ways that are not true to ourselves to seek approval and make others happy. For today, begin saying Be Yourself and see what comes up for you. And some journal prompts to support your reflection are below:
Make a list of the qualities that best describe your real self.
When do I feel most like myself? When do I feel like I am pretending?
If the definition of ” authentic” is ” when your insides and outsides match”, then when am I out of congruency with myself?
Are there people I don’t act myself with? Who do I act like then?