Use, Shake, Imagine

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USE IT
The Poet as Translator

by Janet Arnold-Grych
Thrive: The Kripalu Blog

What stirs you to action? In this blog post, Arnold-Grych reflects on the power of poetry in guiding her through “the inner and outer landscapes” of life. Citing excerpts from two David Whyte poems, she expresses her gratitude for the insights, wisdom and perspective they offer: “To feel that sense of connectedness and purpose is one thing; to voice it and make it even more real is another. For me, that realness, that weight, is what stirs me to action.” Read more to share in these translations of the sacred.

SHAKE IT
Shake the Dust
by Anis Mojgani
vimeo.com

How might you shake the dust? This moving spoken word performance draws us in with its cadence and poignant humanity.  Mojgani urges us, “[d]o not let one moment go by that doesn’t remind you that your heart, it beats 900 times every singe day and that there are enough gallons of blood to make every one of you oceans. Do not settle for letting these waves settle and for the dust to collect in your veins.”

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IMAGINE IT
Eternity: How To See Forever On Your Dirty Car
by Adam Frank
NPR.org

 
What do you feel when you gaze up at the stars? Infinite? Overwhelmed in awe? Connected? This beautiful musing reminds us that the vastness of the universe began with the smallest specs of dust; that the seemingly tiniest of ripples can create a tidal wave of change; that those things that seem unreachable can be found within you; that all that is may be in the dirt on your car; that, as Frank writes,  "[i]t's right there, on your fingertips, that you can meet the eternity of the cosmos up close."

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