Morning Meditation: Be ignited, or be gone


Meditation is old and honorable, so why should I
not sit, every morning of my life, on the hillside,
looking into the shining world? Because, properly
attended to, delight, as well as havoc, is suggestion.
Can one be passionate about the just, the
ideal, the sublime, and the holy, and yet commit
to no labor in its cause? I don’t think so.

All summations have a beginning, all effect has a
story, all kindness begins with the sown seed.
Thought buds toward radiance. The gospel of
light is the crossroads of — indolence, or action.

Be ignited, or be gone.

~ Mary Oliver, “What I Have Learned So Far” from New and Selected Poems Vol. 2



  1. perfection.

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  2. Reflect that light onto the world, and maybe we can cause a cascading effect!

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  3. “Be ignited or gone.” Love her work 🙏🏻

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  4. We started out with a Garden of Eden. We were suppose to tend it, keep it beautiful. We have missed the point. :o)

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  5. As that old saw says, ‘If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem….’

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  6. I beg to differ. Meditation is labor. And creating compassion and balance in oneself ripples out into the world.

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  7. Funny you quote Mary Oliver – I just received Vol I and II in this morning’s mail. Love her!

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  8. beautiful

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