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New Year's Eve

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

It's going on 2:00am and I'm still up. And the irony of "What to Remember When Waking," David Whyte's poignant creation, isn't escaping me.

Nor is the allusion to Buddha's reply of "Awake," when asked what he was.

As I ready myself to enter each day of the new year, I hope to always remember that I have been "invited from another and greater night."



WHAT TO REMEMBER WHEN WAKING

In that first hardly noticed moment in which you wake,
coming back to this life from the other
more secret, moveable and frighteningly honest world
where everything began,
there is a small opening into the new day
which closes the moment you begin your plans.

What you can plan is too small for you to live.
What you can live wholeheartedly will make plans enough
for the vitality hidden in your sleep.

To be human is to become visible
while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others.
To remember the other world in this world
is to live in your true inheritance.

You are not a troubled guest on this earth,
you are not an accident amidst other accidents
you were invited from another and greater night
than the one from which you have just emerged.

Now, looking through the slanting light of the morning window
toward the mountain presence of everything that can be
what urgency calls you to your one love?
What shape waits in the seed of you
to grow and spread its branches
against a future sky?

Is it waiting in the fertile sea?
In the trees beyond the house?
In the life you can imagine for yourself?
In the open and lovely white page on the writing desk?

-- David Whyte

Good night now, dear friends.
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SUSANNAH31 1/6/2014 9:33PM

    Happy New Year to you, my dear friend. Wishing you the best in 2014!

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HIPPICHICK1 1/2/2014 5:03PM

    Wonderful! Happy New Year to you my friend!

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KALIGIRL 1/2/2014 9:34AM

    Here's to realizing our invitation is a wonderful emoticon

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OVERWORKEDJANET 1/2/2014 5:41AM

    Happy New Year and thank you for the poem.

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BILLB000 1/1/2014 3:04PM

    I love this poem Maha. David Whyte is one of my favorites, but I did not know this poem. I will think of this as a gift from you. emoticon

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FRANCESCANAZ 1/1/2014 2:31PM

    Te amo amiga. Gracias por compartirte. emoticon

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JESPAH 1/1/2014 10:17AM

    That reminded me of this song. ;)

http://www.youtube.com/wa
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SNOWYOGA 12/31/2013 10:53PM

    Thank you & Happy New Years emoticon

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SUBMOM2 12/31/2013 7:26PM

    Beautiful. Happy New Year!

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SLASALLE 12/31/2013 5:23PM

    I can always count on you to get my poetry fix. Simply lovely ...

Bowing in gratitude, my friend.

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WATERMELLEN 12/31/2013 2:28PM

    To be human . . . yes. What we want. And we can.

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EARTHSEAME 12/31/2013 1:52PM

    Oh, Yes! David Whyte made me remember. Thank you!

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 12/31/2013 1:23PM

    May you always come into the light of a new day with expectation to share the gift of you. Happy 2014, girlfriend!!!!
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MAW_OH 12/31/2013 11:14AM

    emoticon I love the poem! Happy New Year!

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 12/31/2013 9:32AM

    What an inspiring, peaceful, hopeful blog post. Thank you for sharing. Seriously.

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DDOORN 12/31/2013 9:22AM

    What a wonderful thoughts, especially to keep in mind during my morning meditation, relaxation exercise I do first thing each morning even before getting out of bed...

Don

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CRYSTALJEM 12/31/2013 8:37AM

    Lovely! Thank you so much for shaing this. What a beautiful and meaningful poem to read as I wake up. Many blessings for you and yours this coming bright new year.

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GOANNA2 12/31/2013 7:05AM

    Beautiful poem Maha. Thanks for sharing.
It is 10 pm on New Year's Eve and I am off
to bed. Have a wonderful 2014.
Namaste.
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JUST_BREATHE08 12/31/2013 2:06AM

    Happy New Year 2014, my friend! Thanks for sharing this blog. Love It!

Take Care & Love and Hugs.....Cindi

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