This article first appeared in Watkins Mind Body Spirit, Issue 44.
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,
until you’re no longer the center of the
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.