Would you believe me if I told you that
there is so much life within you?
E. Tolle writes that we need to pay attention
to the life within our hands, our feet, our lungs.
As a ritual. As a habit. As a reminder.
That the life within us is
the most abundant and important truth we can encounter
I think, or wager that
As we begin to recognize the life within our own skin,
That we will begin to notice it
the flight pattern of a dozen geese against a gray winter sky
Or in the aphids, bellies swelling with sap from the brassica garden
Or in the granite and volcanic tuft mountain peaks to the east, chiseled and worn
Or in the decay of the forest floor, brown, wet leaves and fungi pouring over rotted fallen logs
but also in
the red roses growing through the metal fence along the sidewalk
the ants hurriedly roaming through the cracks of the asphalt parking lot
the cashier working at the busy grocery store during rush hour
In your hands today, pay attention to the stirring of your own blood