Meditation Mondays: Finding Peace in a New Year

Great Blue Heron (U.S. National Park Service, public domain).

Great Blue Heron (U.S. National Park Service, public domain).

 

…. I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

– Wendell Berry*

 

* Excerpt from The Peace of Wild Things, in The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry, Counterpoint Press, 1999. To read the full text of this poem and listen to Wendell Berry read his work, visit On Being for Krista Tippett’s 2011 NPR interview with the author.

To learn more about the environmentalist-poet Wendell Berry, please read his Poetry Foundation biography, which also provides links to several of his other works.

 

 

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