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Stand Still by David Wagoner

The trees before you and the bushes beside you are not lost.
Wherever you are is a place called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you,
If you leave it you may come back again saying Here.

No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.

I found this poem by David Wagoner to be strongly connected to the concept of mindfulness. The idea of being present in the moment is an essential part to the mindfulness method. By mentioning the word “here” in his poem, Wagoner is implying the importance of being aware of the current moment. He states, “If you leave it you may come back again saying Here.” He is conscious to the fact that the mind may wander while practicing mindfulness meditation, but refocusing your attention to the present is possible. In this poem there is also a powerful relationship between the individual and nature. Mindfulness is not only being aware of yourself but also being in tune with the environment around you.

David Wagoner uses personification in his poem to describe mindfulness. The notion of asking permission to know the concept of being “here” was new to me. Mindfulness is all about trying to be present in the moment, but I did not think of treating the moment as a person and asking for consent before practicing. The poet also implies that we should let mindfulness find us instead of chasing and forcing the use of it. This was a helpful resource in strengthen my idea of what mindfulness is.

Poem Found on blog:

Todorovic, M. (2016, September 20). 15 most beautiful poems about mindfulness [Web log post]. Retrieved July 08, 2019, from


Wagoner, D. Stand still

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