A reminder from Mary Oliver

Some days, I find that it’s wisest to simply listen, rather than adding to the noise.

Mary Oliver was one of the first poets I discovered in my 30’s, when I began exploring mindfulness-based approaches (and eventually, spirituality) as an early career psychologist. After dedicating two decades of study to a life of the mind, Mary and other artists invited me to open up to heart and soul, as well. To return home to the refuge of nature.

Here, Mary reads one of her most well-known poems from the collection Dream Work.

I’m also very fond of “Mysteries, Yes,” from Evidence. And here’s Mary reading from more recent works, before her death in January 2019.

Wishing you all many mornings of listening and savoring, in the New Year. Stay safe and well.

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