Wild Geese – by Mary Oliver

Wild Geese 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 […]

Toad – by Mary Oliver

Toad I was walking by. He was sitting there. It was full morning, so the heat was heavy on his sand-colored head and his webbed feet. I squatted beside him, at the edge of the path. He didn’t move. I began to talk. I talked about summer, and about time. The pleasures of eating, the […]

The Journey – Mary Oliver

One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice — though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your ankles. “Mend my life!” each voice cried. But you didn’t stop. You knew what you had to […]

Beyond withdrawal…

I see in retrospect that some core, vital part of me was always there during the drugged years, learning and remembering much that would help me in these years of coming off meds and now being med free. I no longer believe that I “lost” my life to drugs. This is, as Mary Oliver, puts it, my “one wild and precious life.”

Embracing darkness and shadow that we might also be light and joy

Here’s the thing…in as much as we cannot abide the pain in others we are unawake to that pain within us…heal ourselves we heal the whole … people who studiously avoid the “negative” are missing out on their own healing…we don’t need to go look for it, but avoidance is denial. … those who need love most…are the ones we studiously avoid …the “difficult” people who’ve been hurt in ways we can’t abide…sometimes others find me to be that person…most readers of this blog perhaps have felt rejected in this way too at one time or another. 

The soft animal of the body

By Will Meecham
Bessel van der Kolk’s 2014 book, The Body Keeps the Score, reminds me of how strongly both my physical and mental condition have been shaped by trauma. Spinal arthritis, abdominal pain, chronic muscle aches, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and many other problems combine to form an inner ledger of the abuse, bereavement, and neglect of my childhood and the uproar, frustration, and terror of my adult experience. Why should this be? Why should trauma have such profound effects on body and mind? It’s useful to remember what it means to live as a human organism. There are many ways to explore this, but let’s try an outside-in approach. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Today is earth day. Really EVERYDAY is earth day. Love our mother.

Recycle, re-use, buy local, walk, ride a bike, take public transport.

Save our planet. It’s up to you and me.

There are no other causes as important as this one because without the earth, well, we won’t have to bother fighting for the rights of human beings anymore, will we?

This is it. This is the most critical issue of our time. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Today is earth day. Love your mother.

Recycle, re-use, buy local, walk, ride a bike, take public transport. Save our planet. It’s up to you and me people. There are no other causes as important as this one because without the earth, well, we won’t have to bother fighting for the rights of human beings anymore, will we? This is it. This […]

Black box

Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift. ~ Mary Oliver More Mary Oliver on Beyond Meds This was first shared on Facebook