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Advice from Wendell Berry

A Poem Which Inspires Me While Meditating on the New Year

I feel that this Wendell Berry poem touches deeply upon the possibility for those of us seeking to lead whatever we might mean by a ‘spiritual’ life, a ‘mystical’ life, to dive into that Divine Presence, to recognize that the body experiences the finitude of Time even while the soul is present with the Cosmic Oneness which unites past and present in that moment which is always Now. 

May this coming year’s opening be filled with the generosity of which Berry speaks in this poem.  And may the connection between so-called ‘inner’ and ‘outer’ worlds be reinforced as we contemplate what living in that Oneness truly portends for each one of us.  I would love for us to dialogue. What does living in that Oneness portend for you? Blessings, dear Reader, blessings!  -EC


No, no, there is no going back.

Less and less you are

that possibility you were.

More and more you have become

those lives and deaths

that have belonged to you.

You have become a sort of grave

containing much that was

and is no more in time, beloved

then, now, and always.

And so you have become a sort of tree

standing over a grave.

Now more than ever you can be

generous toward each day

that comes, young, to disappear

forever, and yet remain

unaging in the mind.

Every day you have less reason

not to give yourself away.

                                        --from A Timbered Choir by Wendell Berry

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