Thank you to those who participated in Thrive: EcoGrief and Anxiety Circle yesterday morning. What a heartfelt, blossoming community in grief and love. Today we’re leaving you the words we closed with during the circle, a very well known and well loved Mary Oliver poem, “Wild Geese” – a poem continually apt for our times. May you find some solace and communion in her words:
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 landscapes,
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.
– Wild Geese, Mary Oliver
Join us Sunday, April 25th from 11am – 12:30pm for our next Circle. www.yournec.org/thrive
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