Hello Poets and welcome to Tuesday Poetics here at dVerse! Today, I want you to think about the things you do to purify your mind, to put your soul at peace, to ease your heart. To become more MINDFUL.
Do you meditate? Do you pray? Do you drink a cup of tea? Do you write? Do you dance naked in the rain? As you can see, there are a lot of possibilities with this prompt. You do not necessarily have to use the word mindful, but there should be the feeling of mindfulness within the poem.
I have this tiny book of Edgar Cayce readings called Think on These Things and when I was reading it, the seed for this prompt was planted.
“For how does one cleanse the mind? By the pouring out, the forgetting, the laying aside of those things that easily beset and filling same with pure, fresh, water that is of the eternal life, that is of the eternal goodness as may be found in Him who is the light, the way, the truth, the vine, the bread of life, and the water of life. These things are those influences that purify…” – from the Edgar Cayce Readings
Here is a wonderful poem as food for thought:
By Frederick Buechner
From Lecture To A Book of The Month Club
Maybe it’s all utterly meaningless.
Maybe it’s all unutterably meaningful.
If you want to know which,
pay attention to
what it means to be truly human
in a world that half the time
we’re in love with
and half the time
scares the hell out of us…
The unexpected sound of your name on somebody’s lips.
The good dream.
The strange coincidence.
The moment that brings tears to your eyes.
The person who brings life to your life.
Even the smallest events hold the greatest clues.
Lastly, I will leave you with this poem by Rumi:
THE GUEST HOUSE
Translation by Coleman Barks
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
Meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
Because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
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