This is our 47th week of On-Line Meditation.

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Tonight’s Reflection…

Because we are on holidays at present enjoying Apollo Bay and the Otway’s I would like to share a poem from the American poet Mary Oliver that speaks to me about meditation. I hope it does the same for you….

Mindful  by Mary Oliver.

Every day

I see or I hear


that more or less


kills me

with delight,

that leaves me

like a needle


In the haystack

of light.

It is what I was born for-

to look, to listen,


to lose myself

inside the soft world-

to instruct myself

over and over.


In joy,

and acclamation.

Nor am I talking

about the exceptional,


the fearful, the dreadful,

the very extravagant-

but of the ordinary,

the common, the very drab,


the daily presentations.

Oh good scholar,

I say to myself,

how can you help


But grow wise

with such teachings

as these-

the untrimmable light


of the world,

the ocean’s shine,

the prayers that are made

out of grass?

And now let’s meditate in the way we are accustomed. You may wish to dedicate this meditation practice to those affected by the pandemic or you might have some other worthy intention.

 (Meditate for up to 20 minutes.)

 As we go about our daily activities I hope that by our attention, our awareness in the present, our wakefulness ….we will find joy in the midst of the losses brought about during these challenging days..