Come back to the Gentle Way

before you rush off


sit back down. 

listen to the world around 

chaos and madness

uncertainty storming with divisiveness 

I urge you do not feed into this 

guard your words 

guard your feelings 

sit and listen to the river flow 

recline under the trees

gaze through branches

memorize the ever-changing sky  

stop and run your hand over the grass of the field 

breathe the delicate and delightful fragrance of the flowers deeply 

unbind your anger and twirl under starry skies 

learn to stop.

be still.

step back and measure your words 

remove yourself from chaos

come back to the gentle way 

and after all of this 

when you are ready 

decide what you really want to say 



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