~ take rest ~


You
on your path to greatness
on the road
of rediscovering your truth.
As you rouse yourself
from the sleep of
conformity and
coping
and fear.
Forget not
there must be times
of rest.

Yes.
Strive and stretch
into and beyond
the barriers
you have built
the limits
that others
have imposed upon you.

Push forward
when necessary
crawl
on all fours
to move beyond
your present place
of pain and lack.

But remember too
that striving
can become
its own bitter state
of struggle.
That the quest for endless improvement
smacks
of self-dissatisfaction
and can in turn,
become its own
bottomless bucket.
Remember that
‘overcoming’
can be yet
another form
of addiction.

Dear One
take time
for yourself.

Go outdoors
get close to ground
burrow down
dig
with your hands if you must.
Gather up the roots
of your
recalcitrant nature.
Recover
from this
rebellious soil
your buried treasure
your best intentions
and pull them in
close
to your breast.

Cradle, coo
rock softly
with
your self
your intuitive voice
your deep inner knowing.
Find
a warm and sunny spot
and nestle in
lay there
and
let this old
sweet earth
hold you
honour
your deep
need
for
nourishment

take rest
for just a little while
let
everything
else
go

Lean in
to the larger body of
nature
to the wisdom and love
that lives
all ways
all around
and
inside you

silent
sacred
true

Allow her
to be
your lover
your mother
your friend
Heed the sound of your
own sweet song
soothing you
lulling your senses
loving you
loving you more

Be bathed
in the brilliance of
your simple breath
in
out
out
in
the
rhythm
repetition
releasing
and
realising
of itself
and
you
endlessly
effortlessly
and as you lay
grounded
patient
held

learn
to
listen
and
to
trust
again

the reason
why you came
and
your
very own
true, sweet
self

 

(C) Chandu Bickford 2018