Take a short break from the denseness of the conflicting energies swirling around the UK and Europe at this time. Take a deep breath, settle yourselves comfortably and allow the energy of this poem to flow through you.
BE SOFT – STEVE TAYLOR
Don’t build a hard, solid self
full of fixed ideas and firm beliefs.
so that you don’t create friction, or clash with the world
but accept and absorb your experience with ease.
so that disappointments and insults don’t bruise you
but bounce harmlessly away after your softness has absorbed their force.
Be soft so
that thoughts and emotions can’t attach themselves to you and ideas don’t turn to rigid theories which can’t be contradicted and animosity never lingers long enough to form a grudge and pain passes away before turning to trauma.
so that you can bend with the wind, without breaking
and become moist with the rain, without flooding.
so that you can pass through the world without leaving damage
only the lightest of trails which will dissolve like a cloud
and become part of the air which everyone breathes.
Steve Taylor PhD is a senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Metropolitan University. He is the author of several best-selling books on spirituality and psychology, including The Fall, Waking From Sleep, Out of the Darkness and Back to Sanity and most recently The Calm Centre and Not I, Not Other than I.
He is also a poet, and the author of The Meaning: Poetic and Spiritual Reflections. Steve was recently included (at no. 38) in Mind, Body, Spirit magazine’s list of the ‘100 most spiritually influential living people.’ Eckhart Tolle has referred to his work as ‘an important contribution to the global shift in awakening.’ www.stevenmtaylor.co.uk