Our reading last week was a beautiful poem from Seamus Heaney, Postscript. It somehow reminded me of long car journeys with my father when I was very young. I still get the feeling Heaney describes, when travelling through the countryside by car, quite often, the world is such a glorious place, it's wonderful when suddenly our hearts are "blown open" in recognition!
Living in central London, whenever I get out into green space, or particularly coastal countryside, it always delights my soul.
Here is the poem:
Postscript, Seamus Heaney
And some time make the time to drive out west
Into County Clare, along the Flaggy Shore,
In September or October, when the wind
And the light are working off each other
So that the ocean on one side is wild
With foam and glitter, and inland among stones
The surface of a slate-grey lake is lit
By the earthed lightening of flock of swans,
Their feathers roughed and ruffling, white on white,
Their fully-grown headstrong-looking heads
Tucked or cresting or busy underwater.
Useless to think you'll park or capture it
More thoroughly. You are neither here nor there,
A hurry through which known and strange things pass
As big soft buffetings come at the car sideways
And catch the heart off guard and blow it open
It is published in Heaney's book, The Spirit Level, available from Amazon.
The group now has an Amazon associate account and we will use any proceeds from any sales commissions this site might generate to purchase more books on meditation we can lend out.
Let me know what you think of the idea of including links to purchase books on our site and if you would like to suggest any other books you think it would be good for us to highlight on here. We have some great discussions in the group, after meditation, about books people are reading and I thought it could be a nice idea to share some of these via the blog, or maybe they should be on the downloads and link page? Any feedback or ideas would be great....
peace and light