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Poetry: Step Outside Yourself

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This article first appeared in Watkins Mind Body Spirit, Issue 44.watkins44mbs-cover_web

 

by Steve Taylor

 

You’re not the center of the universe.

 

How can your problems be important

when there’s an infinity of space around you

an eternity of time in front of you and behind

and seven billion other souls who share this

struggle with you —

seven billion other centers

with their own perspectives and problems

at least as important as yours?

 

Step outside yourself.

Empty this cluttered room

and open the windows wide

so that the wind can blow through you.

 

Step aside and let yourself be taken over

by a force that’s stronger than your suffering

a cause that lifts you up and carries you

high above this cramped reality

where this world of mental turmoil shrinks

almost to nothing

while your being spreads and stretches,

becoming everything,

until you’re no longer the center of the

universe

but a flowing expression of the whole.

 

This poetry has been extracted from the book The Calm Center: Reflections and Meditations for Spiritual Awakening, by Steve Taylor.

About the author:  Steve Taylor‘s books, published in eighteen languages, include Waking from Sleep, Out of the Darkness, and The Fall. He teaches at Leeds Beckett University and lives in Manchester, England. www.stevenmtaylor.com.

 

 

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