Here and not here

Acknowledging that there is a groundlessness at the heart of the human condition, or an unsatisfactory element to our experience, is part of most spiritual traditions. As Pema Chodron says: “The truth is that we can never avoid uncertainty. This not knowing is part of the adventure.…”

Why are we made the way we are made, that to love

Is to want?

Well, you are gone now, and this morning I have walked out

To the back shore,

To the ocean which, even if we think we have measured it,

Has not final measure.

Sometimes you can see the great whales there,

Breaching and playing.

Sometimes the swans linger just long enough

For us to be astonished.

Then they lift their wings, they become again

A part of the untouchable clouds.

Mary Oliver, There you were and it was like spring

3 thoughts on “Here and not here

  1. Reblogged this on Running with Buddha and commented:
    Life wisdom on acceptance. “the unsatisfactory element to our experience, is part of most spiritual traditions . . . not knowing is part of the adventure. It is unavoidable like uncertainty but recognizing it helps us to cope better.

  2. Mary Oliver deeply feels her connection with nature and expresses it in lovely form. This sensing of nature seems to me a profound way to create mindful balance.

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