Wholesome steps

Wholesome steps to be more alive.

What a wonderful invitation in a world that is ‘hunkering down’ and anxiety is spreading like a stain.

Yet wherever we are, there are ways to step out of the shadows and into the light.

Wholesome steps

The young poet Gideon Heugh captures beautifully the nature of this invitation in his poem: How to be more alive

How to be more alive

First, open your arms
to your own humanity;
give the gorgeous mess
of your entirety
a warm welcome, remembering
that all of you is loved,
free from limit or condition.

Second, drop your heart
into a pool of wonder –
the sacred, healing healing water
found wherever there are trees
or birds or streams or hills
or the opulence of an unfiltered sky.
Do not let the screens hem you in;
seek instead the heaven-wrought,
the Spirit-woven –
all that brightly sings
of the Abundance.

Third, let your love travel
beyond all bounds,
let the curtains tear before it
so that nothing is left unadored –
including your brokenness
and the failings of the world.
Every soul walks with a limp,
and not one is unworthy
of compassion’s warm embrace.

Gideon Heugh, September 26, 2019

Isn’t this wonderful?

Just pause and let it speak softly.

And let hope arise. Because our limp does not disqualify us…


Also, you might enjoy the soul-feast that is the second series of the Lifelines Podcast. 40 days of a poem and a poet a day.

Yesterday Pepukai Makoni read and commented on her poem Light worker and the rest of these short offerings are delightful too…

Feast well this weekend and may you take wholesome steps forward to become the change you want to see.


This week

For me this week has been a series of wholesome steps as I have explored questions that help me reorientate myself towards light and hope. And cross my threshold…