Every Sunday morning, in the cozy little green room at Ginseng Yoga in South Park, I teach a restorative, slow flow yoga class that opens with a poem. Students have asked me if I would post the poem each week so they could re-visit it, so this is the first in a series of posts about poems to read when you want to cultivate mindfulness, gratitude, wonder, joy, love, respect, and hope.
If you want the beautiful feeling of holding a book in your hand, here are some anthologies and collections I use and recommend:
The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy, edited by John Brehm (a well-loved gift from one of my yoga students)
Risking Everything: 100 Poems of Love and Revelation, edited by Roger Housden
A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry, edited by Czeslaw Milosz
This week’s poem encourage tenderness, consideration of others, looking beyond self, the obligation of humanity. Here is an excerpt and a link to the full poem at poets.org where it appears with permission.
“Shoulders” by Naomi Shihab Nye
We’re not going to be able
to live in this world
if we’re not willing to do what he’s doing
with one another.