Losing Sadness and Finding Peace

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.

About 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.
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