Fresh: Have you tried to capture the wind? by Lauri Bower

Have you tried to capture the wind?

Have you tried to capture the wind?
Hold it in your hand or bottle it,
to keep it from spoiling your hair or tugging your clothes?
Have you tried to stop the sea?
Keep it in one place
instead of rolling and surfing and breaking down the sandcastle?
Have you tried to bring the rain forth at night,
instead of when you want to walk?
Have you tried to coax the sun to shine
just at that moment when you want to be outside?
Have you tried to make a person be a particular way,
say a particular thing, to fit in with your view of life?
Have you tried to make something happen?
Convinced that if only this were to be, everything would be fine.
Have you tried to stop thinking and planning and forcing,
and just let things be?
Have you tried to stop the earth from turning, gravity from pulling,
time from ticking?
Have you tried to be present,
and let the wind play, let the rain fall, let the clouds cover the sun
and still be happy?
Have you tried to stop the wind?


Lauri Bower FreshMindfulness and creativity are Lauri Bower‘s two main interests. And mindfulness is the means by which she has regularly started writing poems over the last few years. She recently completed a Ph.D. on mindfulness by researching the teachings of renowned Buddhist Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, and now teaches mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) courses and day retreats. Lauri’s creativity is currently being satisfied by a 50 books project in which she has decided to hand make 50 books in a year, then auction them with the money going to Plum Village, where Thich Nhat Hanh lives. More info can be found on two of her blogs, Mindful Living and 50 books in a year of being 50.


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