when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other's welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.
-- Derek Walcott
More on mindfulness as a way of life and Jon Kabat-Zin here (a full, downloadable podcast) from the amazing Krista Tippett on public radio.
(A grateful h/t to Mia for sending me the poem.)
"Maybe the fear is that
we are less than
we think we are,
actuality of it
is that we are much much more."
— Jon Kabat-Zinn (Arriving at Your Own Door: 108 Lessons in Mindfulness)