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Walking Meditation

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The beloved Buddhist monk reminds us to end all striving; to simply kiss the earth with our feet.

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Shoveling Snow with Buddha

In this poem Buddha sets a good example by simply focusing on his work while the narrator gets too wrapped up in analysis.

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What Issa Heard

We will always have sorrow, but we will always have beauty as well.

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The Work of Happiness

Happiness can be found within ourselves; it is “growth in peace.”

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blessing the boats

We can stop the struggle and just sail.

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"Although the wind . . ."

This poem reminds us that if we close ourselves off to pain, we will also be closed off to beauty and contentment.

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Tea

Let us all appreciate the smallest of moments, just as in this poem Thich Nhat Hanh tastes his tea as if the first time.

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Song of Myself, 51

This poem about discovery, change, and transformation contains Whitman's arguably most famous lines: “Do I contradict myself? / Very well then I contradict myself, / (I am large, I contain multitudes.)”

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"The Sun Never Says"

This Hafiz-inspired poem by Daniel Ladinsky shows the nature of unconditional love and that selfless quality of really being able to love someone well.

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Twenty-One Love Poems [Poem III]

Rich's “Twenty-One Love Poems,” written between 1974 and 1976, is a moving account of the ups and downs of a romantic relationship.

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Listen to the Mustn'ts

A wonderful reminder from Shel Silverstein to never let others limit your potential.

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Happiness