"The human being is that space in which the comprehensive compassion that pervades the universe from the very beginning now begins to surface -- within consciousness. (As compared with the natural displays of compassion by other creatures that is not necessarily 'within consciousness.') That's the only difference. We didn't create compassion, but it's flowing through us -- or it could. The phase change that we're in seems, to me, to depend upon that comprehensive compassion unfurling in the human species."
An immensely important challenge for these times —
“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting --
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.”
It’s been a few weeks since Mary Oliver died — I’ve been reading some of her poems, thinking about how so many of her words came from the grace and beauty of the natural world. We lost Mary, but we still have those words in a world desperate for such qualities . . . .
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