Make Yourself at Home in this World

A poem on finding refuge, and being what is yours to become.

(Image: JPlenio, Pixabay)

Make yourself at home in this world,
even when it feels inhospitable.
Tune into ways
you are supported,
still
wind rustling
ground beneath feet,
air on skin.

A task of growing:
feel alone enough
yet also know
you are never alone.
Find your refuge,
beyond
what anyone says
or does —
only being
what is yours to become,
letting life hold your heart
wide as ocean tide,
even when others cannot.

Din of noise can fade now,
breathe deep
beyond happenings and words.
Move through rough edges
like river across land,
snaking its course
even past obstacles.

Spiral in,
now
go to the center-most place.
Listen, here
hear trickle of quiet wonder
not laden with distraction,
arriving fully
just for this moment—
carry each memory like jewels,
glistening in mind’s eye
awaiting a next unfolding.

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𝘈𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘵𝘺, 𝘷𝘶𝘭𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺, 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 & 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘧 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘭𝘦𝘥𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘯 𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘭 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴.

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Deborah McNamara

Deborah McNamara

Sustainability & Climate Activist. Yoga Teacher. Author, Invitation of Motherhood: Uncovering the Spiritual Lessons of Parenting. More: www.debmcnamara.com