The Living & Dying Consciously Project

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The Living & Dying Consciously Project

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Boulder, CO 80302

 

info@livinganddyingconsciouslyproject.org

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Take the First Step

January 12, 2017

 

Start close in,
don't take the second step
or the third,
start with the first
thing
close in,
the step
you don't want to take.

Start with
the ground
you know,
the pale ground
beneath your feet,
your own
way of starting
the conversation.

Start with your own
question,
give up on other
people's questions,
don't let them
smother something
simple.

To find
another's voice,
follow
your own voice,
wait until
that voice
becomes a 
private ear
listening
to another.

Start right now
take a small step
you can call your own
don't follow
someone else's 
heroics, be humble
and focused,
start close in,
don't mistake
that other
for your own.

Start close in,
don't take
the second step
or the third,
start with the first
thing
close in,
the step
you don't want to take

– David Whyte

 

At the beginning of each new year, David Whyte's poem reminds me to return to my own true nature. Instead of making a new year's resolution, I focus on simplicity, authenticity and courage.  I "take the step you don't want to take."

 

Practices of the No Regrets Project:    #CouragetobeMe    #TrustTaketheRisk

 

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