Tag Archives: Poetry

Become Earth!

“Become Earth, that you may grow flowers of many colors.
For you have been heart-breaking rock.
Once, for the sake of the experiment, be Earth!”
Rumi

image of earth through tulips

Simplicity

“To ask how little, not how much, can I get along with.  To say – is it necessary? – when I am tempted to add one more accumulation to my life, when I am pulled toward one more centrifugal activity.  Simplification of outward life is not enough.  It is merely the outside.  But I am starting with the outside.  I am looking at the outside of a shell, the outside of my life – the shell.  The complete answer is not to be found on the outside, in an outward mode of living.  This is only a technique, a road to grace.  The final answer, I know is always inside.  But the outside can give a clue, can help one to find the inside answer.  One is free, like the hermit crab, to change one’s shell.”

– Anne Morrow Lindbergh, 1955 Gift From The Sea