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We get help from our mystic and poet friends today as we celebrate love and passion: love of self, love of others and love of God. Lee Ann is joined in this episode by poet-lawyer, Andrea Grill. Enjoy this poetry in all its naked beauty! The Works and Their Poetry:   The Hope of Loving by Meister Eckhart   What keeps us alive, what allows us to endure? I think it is the hope of loving Or being loved.   I heard a fable once about the sun going on a journey To find its source, and how the moon wept Without her lover’s Warm gaze.   We weep when light does not reach our hearts.  We wither Like fields if someone close Does not rain their Kindness Upon us.   Love Does That by Meister Eckhart   All day long a little burro labors, sometimes With heavy loads on her back and sometimes just with worries About things that bother only Burros.   And worries, as we know, can be more exhausting Than physical labor.   Once in a while a kind monk comes To her stable and brings A pear, but more Than that,   He looks into the burro’s eyes and touches her ears   And for a few seconds the burro is free And even seems to laugh   Because love does That.   Love frees.   “Dig Here,” the Angel Said by St. John of the Cross   She caught me off guard when my soul said to me, “Have we met?”   So surprised I was to hear her speak like that I chuckled.   She began to sing a tale: “There was once a hardworking man Who used to worry so much because he could not feed and clothe his children and wife the way he wanted.   There was a beautiful little chapel in the village where the man lived and one day while he was praying, an angel appeared.   The angel said, ‘Follow me.’  And he did, out into an ancient forest. ‘Now dig here,” the angel said.  And the man felt strength in his limbs he had not known since youth and found a lost treasure, and his relationship with the world changed.”   Finding our soul’s beauty does that—gives us tremendous freedom from worry.   “Dig here,” the angel said— “in your soul, In your Soul.”     God Says Yes to Me by Kaylin Haught   I asked God if it was okay to be melodramatic and she said yes I asked her if it was okay to be short and she said it sure is I asked her if I could wear nail polish or not wear nail polish and she said honey she calls me that sometimes she said you can do just exactly what you want to Thanks God I said And is it even okay if I don’t paragraph my letters Sweetcakes God said who knows where she picked that up what I’m telling you is Yes Yes Yes   Love After Love by Derek Wolcott   The time will come When, with elation, You will greet yourself arriving At your own door, in your own mirror, And each will smile at the other’s welcome,   And say, sit here, Eat. You will love again the stranger who was your self. Give wine.  Give bread.  Give back your heart To itself, to the stranger who has loved you   All your life, whom you ignored For another, who knows you by heart. Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,   The photographs, the desperate notes, Peel your image from the mirror. Sit.  Feast on your life.     Slicing Potatoes and also, A Vase by Rabia   Slicing Potatoes   It helps, putting my hands on a pot, on a broom, in a wash pail.   I tried painting but it was easier to fly slicing potatoes.   A Vase   I am always holding a priceless vase in my hands. If you asked me about the deeper truths of the path and I told you the answers,   it would be like handing sacred relics to you. But most have their hands tied behind their back;   that is,

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