belonging

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Daisies

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This meditation uses images from the natural world. Although it refers to the Bible and Christian tradition, this is in a fairly open way. It can be used with people who are sympathetic to Christianity, at least at a cultural level, but might not describe themselves as Christian.

It’s designed to be used flexibly to suit the needs of the particular group you are working with. For example you might use the reflection as a way in to a period of silent prayer or meditation which you finish with a piece of music. Or you might use it right at the end of an otherwise lively session for young people to calm things down. You might organise a session in which people bring favourite poems, pieces of music, or pictures on the theme, using some of those suggested here to start things off.

It’s meant to feel light touch but with the capacity to go deep.

poetry

  • Mary Oliver: Daisies (In Why I Wake Early, Beacon Press)
  • Mary Oliver: When Death Comes (In New and Selected  Poems, Beacon Press)
  • Robert Herrick: To Daffodils

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