The greatest poem ever known
Is one all poets have outgrown:
The poetry, innate, untold,
Of being only four years old.

Still young enough to be a part
Of Nature’s great impulsive heart,
Born comrade of bird, beast, and tree
And unselfconscious as the bee-

And yet with lovely reason skilled
Each day new paradise to build;
Elate explorer of each sense,
Without dismay, without pretense!

In your unstained transparent eyes
There is no conscience, no surprise:
Life’s queer conundrums you accept,
Your strange divinity still kept.

Being, that now absorbs you, all
Harmonious, unit, integral,
Will shred into perplexing bits,-
Oh, contradictions of the wits!

And Life, that sets all things in rhyme,
may make you poet, too, in time-
But there were days, O tender elf,
When you were Poetry itself!

Christopher Morley.

I can connect with this poem.
Think of when you were a child. You didn’t care what people thought you ‘should be’, you were just you. the person you were born as.
Life, people, family, circumstances, many things have changed us.
It is good to have a day, or part of a day, to just be you.

Connect inwardly to your Soul, Spirit and Body. Listen and feel what they are trying to tell you.

Ways of doing this could be a walk in a forest, park or beach, just listening to your inner child. Your body, spirit and soul are all trying to communicate with us. They tell us what we need, what would benefit us. However if we are constantly connected to others, internet, music, t.v, or books, we cannot hear the small voice inside speaking to us. I am as guilty as anyone else as I love being connected by wi-fi, and constantly listen to music, but I also know the truly sincere benefit of sitting or walking on my own in the fresh air and listening to what I need from my body, spirit and soul. Mindfulness is of great benefit to us in this modern era of constant entertainment, noise, people, busyness.

Sometimes I can’t just stop and listen… so I put on some music first, which could be rock n’ roll, worship, country, blues or whatever it is that helps me get the toxic thoughts out of my system, then I can stop! Listen! Learn!

I also like to strap my helmet on and go for a fast motorbike ride, which empties my mind of the toxic thoughts,  then stop somewhere peaceful and listen.

Find whatever it is that allows you to get rid of the bad thoughts, and be in a place of calm that you can then hear what you need to hear. It could be going with our inner child and just playing, doing something silly. Jump in the puddles. Climb a tree. Colour in with crayons. Pet a furry creature, but, preferably one that likes being petted, and not a biting furry creature… 🙂

And yet with lovely reason skilled
Each day new paradise to build;
Elate explorer of each sense,
Without dismay, without pretense!

Christopher Morley


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