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In this first post, I would like to share a poem that I find quite moving and wise. It that was offered in a Mindfulness Yoga class during a retreat I attended a couple of months ago.  The instructor was a very lovely woman named Patricia Galaczy and she recited this poem called Stillness during the final relaxation period of our class.  It is written by a west coast aboriginal and is the reply to a question posed by a young person who is about to embark into the forest by themselves for several days on a vision quest.  They ask, “what do I do if I get lost?”

Stand Still.

The trees ahead and the bushes beside you
Are not lost.

Where ever you are
Is called "Here"
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger
Ask permission to know it
And be known.

Listen.
The forest breathes.
It answers:
I have made this place around you
If you leave it
You will come back again
Saying
"Here?"

No two trees are the same to Raven,
No two branches the same to Wren.

If what a tree or a branch does
Is lost on you,
Then you are surely lost.
Stand Still.
The forest knows where you are.

You must let it find you.

~ David Wagoner

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