Like Seeds

From Mark Nepo’s The Book of Awakening.

When starting out, I wanted so badly to become a poet that I held it in view like some hill I needed to climb to see from.  But getting to the top, something was missing, and so I had to climb the next hill.  Finally, I realized I didn’t need to climb to become a poet—I was a poet.

The same thing happened with love.  I wanted so badly to become a lover, but climbing through relationships like hills, I realized again that I was a lover all along.

Then, I wanted to become wise, but after much travel and study, it was during my bedridden days with cancer that I realized I was already wise.  I just didn’t know the language of my wisdom.

Now I understand that all these incarnations come alive in us when we dare to live the days before us, when we dare to listen to the wind singing in our veins.  We carry the love and wisdom like seeds and the days sprout us.

Isn’t that a lovely realization?

[Post image: Dandelion 2 by saavem on stock.xchng]


  1. Lindsey
    Jun 30, 2011

    Wow. Yes, lovely. Thank you. xox

  2. Heather
    Jun 30, 2011

    Oh, Elissa…yes, it is! I’m glad you shared it with us…..the words are dancing inside my mind, right now and I’m going to glide along with them awhile 🙂

  3. Elissa
    Jun 30, 2011

    There. ‘Specially for the two of you. From my heart to yours.

  4. Cherie
    Jun 30, 2011


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Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.
--Rainer Maria Rilke in Letters to a Young Poet

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