I went on a walk to get away from some problems that were generating too much mental babble. Craving silence, I tried thinking of nothing, just feeling the stillness – but mental silence, though lovely, is hard to sustain. Then I thought of the meditation where you imagine a luminous sphere that descends into your heart and then expands out beyond your body. I’ve always loved this meditation; it puts me in a soft, expansive state of calm. I generally do it sitting down with my eyes closed, but why not try it while walking? I did, and it was good, so I wrote a poem.
A Way
Here is one way 
of the many true ways
to lose sadness 
and find some peace:
Take yourself on a walk 
in the open air
and call down for company
a luminous sphere
that you bring inside
to settle
like a light
in your heart
Then let it expand
all around you
most softly
growing past body
and thought
and deed
and everything else
you might have been
until you are happy
floating at ease 
suspended in quiet,
in the home of kindness,
and patience and wonder, 
sweetness and trust 
and true dreams.
Then filled up with wellbeing 
take yourself homeward
to your friends 
and your dearest loves
and give them this gift:
Tell them what wonders
have found you this day
through the grace
of quiet release.
Losing Sadness and Finding Peace
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Trudi Lee Richards

Author, poet, Spanish-English translator; Activist and community builder. Member of the international Community of Silo's Message (www.silosmessage.net) and its Portland, Oregon and Red Bluff, California communities (www.RedBluffPark.org) Published work includes "On Wings of Intent, a biography of Silo," "Soft Brushes with Death, a Jorge Espinet Primer," "Fish Scribbles," and "Experiences on the Threshold - with Silo's Message." Also publisher and editor of "Human Future," an independent review published in San Francisco, California, from 1989 to 1996. Mother of five grown kids/stepkids and five step grandkids; Long ago graduate of Stanford University; Lives in Portland, Oregon.