Online Retreat: Earth, Heart, Sky
Monday 1st June 2020 – Saturday 6th June 2020
How surely gravity’s law,
Strong as an ocean current,
Takes hold of even the strongest thing
And pulls it toward the heart of the world.
Each thing –
Each stone, blossom, child –
is held in place.
Only we, in our arrogance,
Push out beyond what we belong to
for some empty freedom.
If we surrendered
to earth’s intelligence
we could rise up rooted, like trees…..
This is what the things can teach us:
patiently to trust our heaviness
Even a bird has to do that
before he can fly.
Rainer Maria Rilke
trans Anita Burrows and Joanna Macy
Extract from Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love poems to God