This poem came to me during a solo hike this past weekend. A tiny orchid in the grass alongside the path attracted my attention, reminding me of the gifts that are waiting for us to open our senses to the world.

 

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Come to your senses:
Feel the breath breathing you,
Witness all that is.
Heed the call of your heart,
Savour your soul’s wisdom,
Sniff out good company,
And as you journey on
Inhabit every step.

I dedicate this poem to the amazing teenagers I’ve been privileged to work with in the Calming Exam Anxiety course. In her course evaluation, one client wrote: ‘You have opened my eyes to what my heart and soul are telling me, not just what my brain and others are telling me.’ I am humbled by the unexpected changes that follow a ‘return to heart’.

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