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Posted By Opening the Heart

   John Fox, the author of this poem, is a Certfied Poetry Therapist. No, I admit it, I didn't know there was such a thing either. But in California all kinds of new things are still happening. John teaches at the University of California Santa Cruz. He has led writing workshops at Harvard Medical School, Esalen Institute and at Omega. He is the founder of the Institute of Poetic Medicine in Palo Alto and he believes passionately in the power of poetry to heal.... So do I.

   This poem made me think of the Opening the Heart Workshop.

            With Love and Respect, Jon     Jon

                                             DEEP LISTENING


                 When someone deeply listens to you,

                  It is like holding out a dented cup you had since childhood

                  And watching it fill up with cold fresh water.

                  When it balances on top of the brim,

                  You are understood.

                  When it overflows and touches your skin,

                  You are loved.

                  When someone deeply listens to you,

                  The room where you stay

                  Starts a new life

                  And the place where you wrote

                  Your first poem

                  Begins to glow in your mind's eye.

                  It is as if gold has been discovered!

                  When someone deeply listens to you,

                  It is as if your bare feet are on the earth

                  And a beloved land that seemed distant

                  Is now at home within you.         - John Fox     

1 Comment(s):
A Place of Hope said...
Wow that's really beautiful, I love that analogy!
May 18, 2012 11:44:51
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