Setting Down the Burdens

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What invisible weight have you been carrying
right there on your shoulders–
Is it the weight of the world?

Well now it is time to shrug,
allow that invisible weight to fall off,
and then bow your head to the earth.

Rest, friend, rest.
Breathe, relax, let go.
Find stillness, for a moment, just be.

When you set down your burdens,
imagined and real,
there is now a chance to feel your lightness.

It is there in the rhythm of your breath,
there in the rhythm of your days, the seasons,
there in the wind, in the water,
in the music that reminds you of the beauty in this life.

When you are feeling strong again, and ready,
you can pick up whatever it was you were carrying,
perform your service in this world for the benefit of all–

But don’t forget to set the burdens down from time to time,
and see who you are without them.
You need both work and rest to be happy, healthy,
in harmony with all of life.

5 responses »

  1. This is so lovely, and so true. My favorite lines:

    “there is now a chance to feel your lightness.
    It is there in the rhythm of your breath,
    there in the rhythm of your days, the seasons,
    there in the wind, in the water,
    in the music that reminds you of the beauty in this life.”

    Music and nature are so healing to us when we can take the time to let them into our lives. It relaxed me just to read this wonderful post, Lorien.

  2. Reblogged this on MY WORLD IN A NUTSHELL and commented:
    I write a lot about “refocus on yourself” and find ways to get your sanity back in a crazy world reigned by addiction. This poem expresses so much of that … thank you Yoga Mom for sharing your words with the world.

    • Thank you so much Christina for the reblog, what an honor! Yes, refocusing on oneself, calling our attention back home, now we can remember that we aren’t that crazy world, we are ourselves…Looking forward to reading your stuff too!

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