Sacred Thread Update: January Full Moon Wisdom

What is the great labor?
Out-circling interest, sympathy, empathy,
Transference of focus from the self to all else:
the merging of the lonely single self
with the wondrous, never-lonely entirety.
This is all.
Experience only is the successful persuader.
~ Mary Oliver

When death comes –

Like an iceberg between the shoulder blades,
I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering
what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness?
And therefore I look upon everything
as a brotherhood and a sisterhood,
and I look upon time as no more than an idea,
and I consider eternity as another possibility,
and I think of each life as a flower, as common
as a field daisy and as singular,
and each name a comfortable music in the mouth,
tending as all music does, toward silence,
and each body a lion of courage, and something
precious to the earth.
When it is all over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
When it is over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.
I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.
~ Mary Oliver, New and Selected Poems

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