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Belonging

A black bear mama and her
Cubs appear in our side yard
Seemingly from nowhere,
Everywhere,
Eating tops of plants from
This wild space, set free from
Clipping, mowing, dredging,
Coiffing.
Mama bear sits down,
Her cubs so close,
Unapologetically belonging
To the
Unkempt garden of weeds,
Irises, roses, asparagus shoots,
Reminding me to
Not disappear into the
Exiled place of
Failing to
Earn my right to exist
Inside the rhythms of life.
Words flow from somewhere,
Nowhere.
Breathe and love.
Stay strong in your
Right to be here as
You are,
Inky black,
Like a night sky
Holding
A million, trillion
Billion stars
Flickering for seconds
Light years,
Lumbering away
Cubs prance after you, Mama,
Into the woods of mountain
Silence.

Laura Staley
Laura Staleyhttp://www.cherishyourworld.com
The founder of Cherish Your World, Laura Staley passionately helps people thrive by guiding them to a holistic transformation of space, heart, mind, body, and soul. Laura knows that there’s a relationship between the conditions of our homes or workplaces and the quality of our lives. Trained and certified with the Western School of Feng Shui and seasoned by almost two decades of working with a variety of clients, Laura uses her intuition and expertise to empower her clients to produce remarkable results in their lives. Her trifecta of serving people includes speaking, writing, and compassionate listening. As a columnist, Laura writes personal essays focused on self-discovery, feng shui, emotional health, and transformations from the inside out. Laura is the published author of three books: Live Inspired, Let Go Courageously and Live with Love: Transform Your Life with Feng Shui, and the Cherish Your World Gift Book of 100 Tips to Enhance Your Home and Life. Prior to creating her company, Laura worked as a fulltime parent and an assistant professor at Ohio Wesleyan University. She earned a Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University. Her joys in life include laughing with loved ones, dancing, reading, meditating, running, being in nature, and listening to music she loves. She resides in Black Mountain, NC with lovable dog, Layla. Laura is a contributing author to the inspiring book Crappy to Happy: Sacred Stories of Transformational Joy

6 COMMENTS

    • Thank you so much, Eva! Yes! I agree with you completely! The bears are so incredibly beautiful. I feel so fortunate to witness them at such a close distance from the windows of this home on a side of a mountain. I’m very clear we are in their habitat-and how important to respect them, honor their right to be here as part of miraculous planet earth. I appreciate your kind words of reflection so very much!

    • Thank you so much, JoAnna! I hear you about missing the woods-I lived in an urban setting all of my adult life until these past four years. I don’t think I can return to urban living… and I know there are many benefits of city life, too. Yet I have realized I love the quiet of the natural world more than the urban vibe. Peacefulness-My soul is meant to be at peace…to experience peace, awe, and bliss.

  1. Thank you so much, Larry. I hear you about how your life has changed completely by moving to the country. I, too, am inside a most delicious, unexpected transformation of my experience of being alive and belonging to the natural world. I’m learning so much from the quiet and miraculous encounters. Such a meaningful gift!

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