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Soft and Still

The din of our modern world works against staying calm and centered.  Some days the best thing you can do for your state of mind is turn off your smartphone.  Wendell Berry’s solution in “The Peace of Wild Things” is worth heeding:

I go and lie down where the wood drake

rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things

who do not tax their lives with forethought

of grief. I come into the presence of still water.

Rather like the image in the 23rd Psalm, isn’t it?

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