To Learn From an Animal Being

Nearer to the Earth's heart
Deeper within its silence
animals know this world
in a way we never will

We who are ever distanced
and distracted
by the parade of bright windows
thought opens
their seamless presence
is not fractured thus

Stranded between time gone
and time emerging
We manage seldom
to be where we are
Whereas they are always
looking out
from the here and now

May we learn to return
and rest in the beauty
of animal being
learn to lean low
leave our locked minds
and with freed senses
feel the Earth
breathing with us

May we enter
into lightness of Spirit
and slip frequently
into the field of the wild
Let the clear silence
of our animal being
cleanse our hearts
of corrosive words

May we learn
to walk upon the Earth
with all their confidence
and clear-eyed stillness
so that our mind
might be baptized
in the name of the Wind
and the Light
and the Rain

~~ John O’Donohue ~~