“…where the ocean waited thousands of years before opening its clear mouth to speak…”

Mark Nepo, one of the spiritual leaders of our time affirms that “listening” is a multifaceted activity that involves our whole being.  In his poem for Oprah, he invites us to remain tranquil and truly listen so we may be open to learn about our roots.  When we learn to listen, we are truly there for each other, we connect, we love…

Paia, a Clearing

In the Forest by Mark Nepo

for Oprah

We agree to meet half way

round the world where the ocean

waited thousands of years before

opening its clear mouth to speak

this island under the sun.  All to

remember we are students of the

large stillness, struggling with our

little stillness.  Never knowing what

will rise between us, we meet beyond

the bamboo forest and bend in

the light, hollow as these stalks,

listening for a trace of the

beginning, as we do.

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