Before the frantic

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On the morning of Thanksgiving

I simply must practice inner stillness first,

before the frantic begins.


I need the reverent stretches and bows

of sacred yoga.

I need the silent sitting,

palms open in the lap.

This is not about being religious.

This is answering a real need

of being before doing, again today.


Soon a quiet sense of treasuring my wife arises.

She is my greatest source of gratitude.

May I not forget to keep pausing

to cherish her today

once the frantic begins.


Through the window

I see brilliant yellow leaves

illuminated by the morning sun,

some of them falling to the earth

one by one

a silent parade procession

each taking their turn

letting go and falling

floating toward final home.


Boisterous television parades and commentary will soon beckon,

interrupted by incessant shopping ads,

and a heavy newspaper is waiting at the front door.

The ads in there will quadruple the “news,”

and the “news” will simply recount

whatever is terrible and sensational anyway.


The real news

before the frantic begins

is how my roots are drinking deeply

from quiet gratitude this morning.

For more stories like this see Monks in the World: Seeking God in a Frantic World.


About soulcare4u

I am the author of Monks in the World: Seeking God in a Frantic World, published by Wipf & Stock and available through; and of a blog on, "A Contemplative Path." I serve as the founding spiritual director of The School for Contemplative Living (, adjunct faculty of Loyola University, and as a pastoral counselor and spiritual director in private practice.
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2 Responses to Before the frantic

  1. Charlotte says:

    A truly beautiful and real meditation for this morning. Happy Thanksgiving, my friend to you and Carol.i send my great love and gratitude for your friendship. Charlotte

    Sent from my iPad


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