The instinct to stillness
The thin skin: pulsing, pulsing, waltzing
Knit & grit
I am led beyond my limits
Whakapapa: Recently I have been noticing a gathering stillness within myself. It feels like I’m not consciously ‘working’ on stillness. Stillness is working on me. I feel most ‘me’ when I am still. I find myself drawn to the anchor of stillness even during times of focus & activity. There are three sayings of the Self woven into the poem: a) ‘The instinct to stillness is the instinct to Life’ (12/5/12) b) ‘Beyond your limits I take thee’ (5/9/12) c) ‘Oh deep, deep ecology I will hold thee’ (17/9/12) Spoken as a woman opened a door for me into the unknown. The line ‘Inner Swallows Outer’ refers to experiencing a sense of my soul & the outer world becoming One. Out of this experience flows the experience of encountering myself as I encounter the world. It follows that how I treat the world is how I treat myself. ‘The world’ includes both the human world & the world of animals & plants… the entire world of Nature.