3 Poems to Read This Spiritual Wellness Month
Throughout history and across cultures, spirituality has taken different shapes and meanings. Ultimately, though, spiritual practices often involve expanding one’s awareness, developing higher states of consciousness, and deepening a connection to both internal and external forces. In honor of Spiritual Wellness Month this March, we’ve chosen a few poems to help guide you on your spiritual journey.
“What Do We Know” by Mary Oliver
Widely known for exploring nature in her work, Mary Oliver’s poems are ideal for Spiritual Wellness Month. In Oliver’s “What Do We Know,” the subject experiences a moment of spiritual connection to the natural world, realizing the innate energetic links that exist between people and nature. Oliver clearly illustrates this theme throughout the poem, specifically in the final stanza when she states, “my right hand / was holding my left hand / which was holding the tree / which was filled with stars.” The iconic poet ends the piece on a poignant note with “the long and wondrous journeys / still to be ours,” emphasizing that spirituality is a journey centered on growth.
The sky cleared
I was standing
under a tree.
and there were stars in the sky
that were also themselves
at the moment
at which moment
my right hand
was holding my left hand
which was holding the tree
which was filled with stars
and the soft rain —
the long and wondrous journeys
still to be ours.
“For The Journey” by Morgan Harper Nichols
Multimedia artist, content creator, and poet Morgan Harper Nichols is well-known for her four books and popular Instagram account, boasting 1.9 million followers. It’s likely you’ve seen one of Nichols’ inspiring and encouraging poems while scrolling through your feed. Nichols often incorporates themes of spirituality and growth in her work, as evident in her poem “For The Journey.” At the end, Nichols alludes to a higher power present in one’s life when she states “there will also be moments in music and light / that remind you: / you are not alone.”
May you have moments
in the sunlight
that your soul never forgets.
May you encounter love
as strong as music,
and there’s no need to question it.
May you travel the earth trusting
that for all of the unknowns
there will also be moments in music and light
that remind you:
you are not alone.
“Awareness” by Yung Pueblo
Poet, meditator, and speaker Yung Pueblo’s poem “Awareness” is great to read at any point of your spiritual journey. The subject of the piece is experiencing a greater sense of awareness, both internally and externally, referencing “the heart of the earth and the heart of the universe.” Her ability to love helps her spirituality grow and deepen, and although she endures challenges, she’s able to remain centered and present.
as her love grew, her ability to feel the
unseen and listen to the wisdom of the
eternal strengthened. the walk on the path
to freedom had changed her; though she
still experienced times of difficult release,
the feeling of unity remained ever present
in her body. now that she lived her life in
the grassy field between mortality and the
infinite, she could feel that the space in
her heart was the same as the heart of
the earth and the heart of the universe.