Live Virtual Group Session: 6pm EDT June 22nd 2020

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session!

Our text for the session was “Clearing” by Martha Postlewaite.

Our prompt was: “Write about (or draw) your clearing.”

More details on the session will be posted soon, so check back!

Participants are warmly encouraged to share what you wrote below (“Leave a Reply”), to keep the conversation going here, bearing in mind that the blog of course is a public space where confidentiality is not assured.

Please join us for our next session Wednesday, June 24th at 12pm EDT, with more times listed on our Live Virtual Group Sessions page.

We look forward to seeing you again soon!


“Clearing” by Martha Postlewaite

Do not try to save
the whole world
or do anything grandiose.
Instead, create
a clearing
in the dense forest
of your life
and wait there
patiently,
until the song
that is your life
falls into your own cupped hands
and you recognize and greet it.
Only then will you know
how to give yourself to this world
so worthy of rescue.


Copyright 2020 Mindfulness Northwest
[read in the Winter 2014 MBSR class in Bellingham] 

4 thoughts on “Live Virtual Group Session: 6pm EDT June 22nd 2020

  1. “Life moves in circles, for we have been here before,
    if not with the smell of disinfectant perhaps,
    but at a cliff with a shocking loss of words.
    We have been silent like a dead tree
    that remains silent until a new sapling emerges
    from the discs of the trunk.
    Perhaps we need a talk,
    like a kid needs a mother’s warm hug,
    or just a plate of cookies.
    In a world full of voices, bullets and empty stomachs,
    perhaps we need a Clearing,
    if for nothing else, then to talk change.”
    Thanks for another meaningful session.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. My Clearing~~~

    The years passed by,
    flew by in fact.
    College, marriage, children, and all the events revolving within.

    No time to look within myself,
    to delve into the real me,
    until I moved into the clearing of my life.

    A time of calmness and thought.
    A time to sort out those values,
    those thoughts,
    those commitments I hold most dear.

    To discover the inner me,
    to explore the real me
    with all its faults,
    with all its gifts.

    So as I move forward from this clearing,
    I walk confidently,
    I walk with a sense of the world
    and how I fit.

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  3. Dr Yewande Okuleye

    I walk the path
    as I make sense of scents
    of what I hear
    Why do I sense this way?

    I smell the path as I draw
    silver voices of the waterfall
    as it leads me to fallen
    blue branches
    brambles
    tick tocks
    frocks
    and more

    Sigh

    I lighten the load
    A load carried within
    becomes a load carried
    without

    without the load
    I am
    connected

    without the load
    I stand
    alive

    connected to carpets of blue black red silver and gold branches – dry brittle vulnerable I
    re connected with shiny prickly brambles of impatience petulance and pride
    deeply connected and charged with the tick tock of our time
    re connected with frocks that rock my world

    I clear the path
    I walk the path
    I own the path
    I am the path
    now

    Clear your path

    Liked by 1 person

  4. al3793

    My clearing is the breathtaking 270-degree view of the Grand Traverse –
    a seven mile trek, demanding our breath
    as we walked past towering waterfalls, wildflowers, mountain goats, and elk,
    ten miles east and nearly 2000 feet above West Vail…

    or that unnamed mountain meadow
    waiting for us in the Flatheads
    as the thunderheads gave way to the sun
    and as tiger-eye sized raindrops and hail stopped pelting us.

    Quiet, a rich swath of late June colors painted the clearing,
    as the snow capped juvenile, jagged Rocky Mountain peaks looked down
    and reflected in the still, meadow pond, a mirror broken only momentarily by
    the ring of the rise of a Colorado cut.

    A place to stop, refresh, take a deep breath after many breathless steps, the Volta of this journey.

    Liked by 1 person

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