by Ojibway (Anonymous)

English version by Robert Bly and Frances Densmore

Sometimes I go about pitying myself,
and all the time
I am being carried on great winds across the sky.

-- from Art & Wonder: An Illustrated Anthology of Visionary Poetry, Edited by Kate Farrell

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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger

Usually all it takes is a shift in perspective.

We often feel hurt or angry or sad or just trapped. The common response, particularly in the task-oriented modern era, is to decide what we're going to do about it. We act, we do, we fix. And, yes, that approach can be essential in many circumstances.

But we need to make sure we don't 'do' as a way to avoid feeling in the first place.

Also we must make sure we don't 'do' as a way to reinforce our limited ideas about our circumstances and our suffering.

The first thing to do, is to not do anything, and, instead, to allow our perspective to shift. See what we see. This is the most potent act possible. Seemingly doing nothing, all of reality changes. The willingness to step aside from our own internal dramas allows us to recognize -- and utilize -- the great currents already flowing soundlessly through our lives. Then, in harmony with that underlying momentum, when we choose to act, our actions have a potency and purpose that can seem almost magical.

We soar, we dance, we are carried on great winds across the sky.

Recommended Books: Ojibway (Anonymous)

The Essential Mystics: Selections from the World's Great Wisdom Traditions The Path of the Rainbow: An Anthology of Songs and Chants From the Indians of North America