POEMS READ BY EMILY AT OJAI RETREAT

 

Breath of Life by Danna Faulds


I breathe in All That Is-

Awareness expanding

to take everything in,

as if my heart beats

the world into being.

From the unnamed vastness beneath the 

mind, I breathe my way to wholeness and healing.

Inhalation. Exhalation.

Each Breath a "yes,"

and a letting go, a journey, and a coming home.


Let it Go (Danna Faulds)

Let go of the ways you thought life would unfold:

the holding of plans or dreams or expectations – Let it all go.

Save your strength to swim with the tide.

The choice to fight what is here before you now will

only result in struggle, fear, and desperate attempts

to flee from the very energy you long for. Let go.

Let it all go and flow with the grace that washes

through your days whether you received it gently

or with all your quills raised to defend against invaders.

Take this on faith; the mind may never find the

explanations that it seeks, but you will move forward

nonetheless. Let go, and the wave’s crest will carry

you to unknown shores, beyond your wildest dreams

or destinations. Let it all go and find the place of

rest and peace, and certain transformation.

 

As You Are by Nayyirah Waheed


‘as you are.’ says the universe.

'after…’ you answer.

'as you are.’ says the universe.

'before…’ you answer.

'as you are.’ says the universe.

'when…’ you answer.

'as you are.’ says the universe.

'how…’ you answer.

'as you are.’ says the universe.

'why…’ you answer.

'because

you are happening now.

right now.

right at this moment

and

your happening

is beautiful.

the thing that keeps me alive

and

brings me to my knees.

you don’t even know how breathtaking you

are.

as you are.’ says the universe through tears