A poem today, which I stumbled across yesterday when looking into Mindfulness. This poem touches on the fact that frequently in life, we fail to pay attention, not only to others and the world around us, but also to ourselves. How often are we so lost in thoughts that we fail to hear what our bodies, hearts and souls are screaming at us? How often do miss the warning signs until it’s too late? How frequently do we look in the mirror compared to how often we look inside? Listening to yourself, and really focusing your attention inwards, is what self-love is all about. As Jon Kabat-Zinn says, it’s about ‘befriending yourself and your experience.’ And in this way, we can truly learn to ‘feast on life.’
Love After Love
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.