Morning Meditation, May 7, 2020
Love is our channel to the divine, and today in meditation we center our awareness on this truth. Our readings include Mary Oliver’s “Wild Geese,” as well as insights on love from Caroline Myss.
by Mary Oliver
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 despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscape,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting–
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
and from Caroline Myss:
Discussing the presence of God is a risky business, isn’t it? Everyone has their view and belief of the nature of God and of good and evil. Everyone sees the world through his or her own eyes – and that’s the way of the human experience. At the end of the day, each person must decide if the validity of their inner theology. If there was a measuring system for such a thing, whatever could that be? When Teresa of Avila was examined by church investigators representing the Spanish Inquisition, they wanted to know if the visions and mystical experiences she was having were sent by heaven or were they tricks of the devil? She answered this way, “All I know is that when I return to my body, I am filled with love – more love than I can describe. Can the devil make you more loving? Can the devil make you love humanity and God even more?” Perhaps that is the measure of the validity of a spiritual path, whatever it is one believes. It should make you more loving of others, less judgmental, more compassionate, more loyal to the qualities of your soul than to the rational dictates of the mind. Any path that accomplishes that is a holy one.
Have a wonderful day!
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