The Myth of Urgency

The Myth of Urgency March 3, 2013

Read Mark’s weekly reflections on The Huffington Post.

We live in an age where information, demands, and choices are more plentiful than ever. This rush of possibility gives us the illusion that we can do anything without limit. With this rush of possibility and the illusion of no limits comes a relentless urgency to do it all. This poem comes from the ground of Oneness that waits under all urgency.



Everyone wants you to quietly be Atlas,

to shoulder it all. Even the voice in your

head insists you are behind. But I’ve seen

the light in you, the one the gods finger

while we sleep. I’ve seen the blossom open

in your heart, no matter what remains to

be done. There are never enough hours

to satisfy the minions of want. So close

your eyes and lean into the Oneness that

asks nothing of you. When the calls stack,

answer to no one, though you receive them

all. Just open your beautiful hands, born with

nothing in them. You have never been more

complete than in this incomplete moment.

A Question to Walk With: Put one urgency you are feeling down and go for a walk. See what waits, when you can enter a single moment without any expectation. Describe what happens to a friend.

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