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Sunday, June 24, 2018

This Sunday's (and beyond) Sermon to Self: "Let all the voodoos of ambition sleep."

I came across these images atop this entry (that I took this past April) of a bee taking refreshment from crocus flowers in Central Park. Upon viewing them, I thought of a few lines from a poem ("Today") by Mary Oliver. Here they are:

"...The world goes on as it must,
the bees in the garden rumbling a little..."

In my case, the bees were not rumbling in my rooftop garden,* rather, they were "rumbling" (as I just said) in Central Park. I had gone to the park that day in an effort to take the day off from my busy mind, which at times (many times) is hard to silence.

This "confession" brings me to the entire poem that included the lines which I just shared. Here it is:

"Today I’m flying low and I’m
not saying a word.
I’m letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep.
The world goes on as it must,
the bees in the garden rumbling a little,
the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten.
And so forth.
But I’m taking the day off.
Quiet as a feather.
I hardly move though really I’m traveling
a terrific distance.
Stillness. One of the doors
into the temple."

It's been a tumultuous time (medically causing extreme financial concerns) to say the least, but today I need to heed the wisdom of this poem and let "all voodoos of ambition sleep" and travel that great distance of stillness, for that certainly is a path into my temple door.
* Although the bees featured in the photographs included in this entry were not in my garden, bees have visited my place on occasion and I produced a mini-movie documenting their antics. It's titled, Here's the Buzz! 


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