Sunday, April 19, 2009

Loving yourself

Speaking of Faith is a wonderful NPR radio show (and podcast) that I'm really enjoying these days. The most recent episode featured Jon Kabat-Zinn, who is known locally in Boston and nationally for bringing meditation ("mindfulness," as he calls it) into the mainstream of medicine and culture. You should definitely listen to the whole podcast, but this poem that he shared at the end really moved me. It has to do with listening to and getting to really know YOURSELF. What a concept.

"Love after Love"

by Derek Walcott

The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other's welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

1 comment:

SASM said...

I love this poem -- Oprah has it on her mirror.

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