To Do List poem – Let it go

I was perusing through poems that have already been typed out from 2017, as I have another journal from later in 2017 that I’ll be typing out soon.  I found this one and it feels very potent and current for me.
I hope it does for you as well.  Enjoy your Gratitude Day!

2/27/17
Take it all down
What’s been wearing me down
Let it all out
What’s been wearing me out
Don’t be obsessing
I’m only guessing all the stressing
Only lessens all the lessons
Don’t be messing with the dressing
Could be a blessing like confessing
Liberate what’s repressing
Nothing to need, just let it bleed
Blow through the reeds
Clear the weeds
Sing to the trees
Fall to your knees
Just say please
Watch the waves over seas
Tell yourself what you need to believe
To get through the day and remember to breathe
Die little death
Say goodbye to regret
Don’t let a little theft
Of soul leave you bereft
Don’t let what you’ve spent
Be more than what you’ve kept
Save some love notes in your back pocket
For a rainy day when the tears don’t stop
Unload the stones
Atone for the bones and bombs that you’ve thrown
Step down from the throne of ego and own
All you didn’t know
Ways you have yet to grow
Practice your crow
Balance your boat
Draw your bow
Fall into your flow
Resign yourself to simple facts
Define your edges but leave no tracks.

 

Rest and Digest

Drop the weight of the world
Be your own pearl
Not every moment must be filled
Not every secret must be spilled

Allow yourself some joy
Don’t let yourself be destroyed
Allow yourself some rest
Some space to digest

Not everything is a test
Don’t judge yourself as a mess
We all have work to do
To find our essence and truth

Do what you have to do
To allow grace to be in view
Count to ten to keep your zen
Say less and let things happen

Let go of control
Make space for your soul

Quote from Gleason documentary; It left me in an absolute puddle.
“You are awesome. But the world can grind on you. Do not become obsessive to the point where you are unhappy. Let your best stand for what it is. If it’s not sufficient, that’s ok. You did your best; move on.”

I spent the last two weekends at Swan River Yoga for Restorative Yoga Teacher Training.  It seemed like a good time to add this practice to my yoga life, and a branch of yoga that more people can get into.  I didn’t realize how much I also needed it.  The idea is to let the body ‘rest and digest’, bringing a deliberate pause to the schedule, to consciously and mindfully breathe and restore the body (and mind).  It’s incredibly nourishing for the nervous system (which can become quite taxed in this fast-paced, modern life).

I have a tendency to fill my schedule down to the minutes, with little breathing space.  My incredible husband reminds me and encourages me to slow down…easier said than done.

But this yoga practice will be a tool I can access for more conscious rest.  The world can wait, and we can all take a deep breath.

I wrote this poem at the end of that training weekend.

As we move into autumn and the days begin to shorten, nature naturally asks us to slow down.  I invite you to consciously create space, and allow yourself that time, even if it’s 5 minutes, to stop, breathe, and be.

heart rock