When you feel disconnected, the intensity of life, in all of its imbalance, pressure, and pace takes over. I invite you this year to use your light-filled tree, or the trees you see smiling in the windows of others, as a constant invitation to reconnect with yourself. A favorite Mary Oliver poem came to mind as my family decorated our tree this weekend. Read it very slowly, preferably out loud. Let it be your mantra for this season. “Go easy. Be filled with light. Shine.”
Joy and Peace,
By Mary Oliver, Thirst
When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness,
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.
I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.
Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, "Stay awhile."
The light flows from their branches.
And they call again, "It's simple," they say,
"and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine."