A Poem of Self-Blessing
The bud stands for all things,
even for those things that don’t flower,
for everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing;
though sometimes it is necessary
to re-teach a thing its loveliness,
to put a hand on the brow of the flower,
and retell it in words and in touch,
it is lovely
until it flowers again from within, of self-blessing
Re-learning Our Loveliness by Galway Kinnell
Comments by Sharon Salzberg
“T0 re-teach a thing its loveliness, is the nature of metta”
Through loving-kindness, everyone and everything can flower again from within. When we recover knowledge of our own loveliness and that of others, self-blessing happens naturally and beautifully.
When we practice metta, we open continuously to the truth of our actual experience, changing our relationship to life. Metta the sense of love that is not bound to desire, that does not have to pretend that things are other than the way they are overcomes the illusion of separateness, of not being part of a whole.
Thereby metta overcomes all of the states that accompany this fundamental error of separateness fear, alienation, loneliness, and despair all of the feelings of fragmentation. In place of these, the genuine realization of connectedness brings unification, confidence, and safety.
source- Adapted with permission from the book- Loving-Kindness by Sharon Salzberg