Friday, June 19, 2009

Tantra Tip of the Day- You Do Not Have to Be Good

Wild Geese is a poem by Mary Oliver it begins with these lines-

You do not have to be good
You do not need to walk on your knees,
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only need to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.

I love this poem; it speaks to how much we all want to belong, to be connected with all the life around us. Today, "let the soft animal of your body love what it loves." What kind of animal are you? How does this animal body give and receive love? Feel into your relationship to loneliness and despair. Have compassion for your own suffering and the suffering of others. See if you can connect to the "family of things" that you are a part of, recognize you are never alone. You are life as well.

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