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Stand Still

Thursday, November 15, 2012

I heard Tara Brach read this poem the other day during her weekly podcast. It reminded me so much of the picture adjacent to it. Joans Uncle Bill would sit on that bench after work and stare out at Lake Michigan and relax. We visited one summer and he and I sat there, saying nothing to each other for a long, long time. As I looked at the lake, it almost reached out and rocked me into a very gentle and warm peacefulness. Joan walked down the hill and told us it was time for dinner. I told her I found Nirvana and that I was going to stay there forever.

A few years later, after Uncle Bill had passed, Joan went back to visit her aunt during the late winter. She snapped this photo for me.

Through the wonders of Powerpoint I was able to marry the poignant poem and the picture and because you are so dear to me I thought I'd share it with you.


If the words of the poem arent clear to you they are as follow:

Stand still.

The trees ahead and bushes beside you are not lost.
Wherever you are is called here, and you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
“I have made this place around you.”
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying “Here.”
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are.

You must let it find you.
David Wagoner

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MORTICIAADDAMS 11/16/2012 2:24PM

    I loved the photo and poem.

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DOODIE59 11/16/2012 9:05AM

    Beautiful poem and magical photo. I feel that way about the ocean. Nature is powerful. To be in it is healing.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend:)

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JENNYBOYKIN 11/16/2012 1:05AM


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JENAE954 11/15/2012 10:10PM

  Really nice.
Thank you.

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KATHIC2 11/15/2012 9:24PM


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CRYSTALJEM 11/15/2012 9:21PM


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GEEMAWEST 11/15/2012 9:07PM

    Standing Still is one of the hardest things for me to do. Which obviously means it's one of the things I really need to work on doing. Thanks for the reminder.

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LYNMEINDERS 11/15/2012 4:30PM


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TRISTAROSE 11/15/2012 4:00PM

    Beautiful ... Thank you for sharing!

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ANATASHIKI 11/15/2012 3:15PM

    looks like you could release your soul to float over the face of the waters emoticon

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GIRANIMAL 11/15/2012 3:01PM

    Thanks for sharing such a beautiful story, a poignant reminder and your handiwork!


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SHERIO5 11/15/2012 2:40PM


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SIMPLY-4-ME 11/15/2012 2:35PM

    Beautiful, thank you

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REGILIEH 11/15/2012 2:02PM

    BEAUTIFUL!!! LOVELY!!! WONDERFUL!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NASFKAB 11/15/2012 1:21PM

  awesome thanks for sharing

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DR8561 11/15/2012 1:14PM

    Beautiful! emoticon

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SHSCHLEIN 11/15/2012 12:16PM

  Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing this with all of us.

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GETFIT2LIVE 11/15/2012 12:12PM

    Love the picture and the poem. Reminds me of what God calls to do regularly: be still and know that I am God. Just what I needed this morning!

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LOVINGKATE 11/15/2012 12:08PM

  Thank you for sharing such a beautiful poem and picture. We LOVE Lake Superior. We visit as much as possible. Trees talk to us all the time. They look down on us with such mighty strength and beauty. The leaves blowing in the breeze as if to say all is well. The beauty of the water is so calming. You put the two together and what a beautiful song they make. Have a beautiful day John. God Bless.

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KJELLYBEAN15 11/15/2012 11:57AM

    Beautiful poem and beautiful picture. Thank you for sharing this.

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HDHAWK 11/15/2012 11:55AM

    We've gone to Lake Superior a few times and have a similar view outside our cabin. So relaxing!

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