Spirituality of Love #3 – ‘Wild Geese’ by Mary Oliver

a snapshot of material presented at solace ‘tuesday stuff’ may-june 2012 

see spirituality of love #1 (20 June) for more details

spirituality of love #3: 

‘glass half full’ love overflows from a fullness of love in our body/being in order to become a blessing to others and to ourselves

‘glass half empty’ love grasps at love in others in order to fulfil our own needs and too easily becomes a burden to others and a disappointment to ourselves

WILD GEESE by Mary Oliver

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,
call to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.


2 thoughts on “Spirituality of Love #3 – ‘Wild Geese’ by Mary Oliver

  1. A quote sent to me by a friend the other day: “Fear always feels bad, motivates grasping, seizes control, insists on certainty, needs everything. Love always feels good, motivates liberation, relaxes control, accepts uncertainty, needs nothing”. Not sure if the ‘always’ in these statements is needed but it reminded me of the glass half full / glass half empty love from session 3. Still experiencing ripples of new understanding and grounded-ness from your generous teachings at Solace…Thanks again Chelle.

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