Pay attention to what you bring into view
but fret not too much
the ingredients on the box.
Nourishment is more than simply
what you eat or drink.
Have you noticed lately
how the trees are bursting?
Is the sound of the sea echoing in
your mind and your heart, too?
Have you touched a hand lately –
really held it ? The warmth of another
traveling up your arm and straight into your soul?
Our minds are so full and busy,
we open our eyes and barely see,
we breathe but only a little –
just enough to keep going,
but not enough to be present.
Take a walk outside.
Let the sun bathe you,
the trees whisper,
the birds perform their dances,
all for you.
Go barefoot on the beach
and sink a little
into the comfort of being held
by a Love much bigger
than your great imagination –
a Love that holds you up.
Can you hear the quiet of the morning?
It holds the soft hum of Life itself.
This is how to cleanse:
nourish yourself with awareness,
with trees and soil,
Copyright © Cynthia Cady Stanton, 2018