A Timeless Message and Reminder of “Essential Things”


(I grew up learning this poem. I am revisiting its wisdom, seeing how it has become my way of life.  As I look back, I see an amazing development: The ideas which it conveys were seeds then, but they are now grown trees bearing much fruit in my life.  Now more than at anytime in the history of our humanity, we should remember and live the wisdom of this most wonderful poem — the mystic’s creed of life.)

 
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

(Desiderata* by Max Ehrmann)

*Latin, meaning “Things to be Desired” or “Things Desired as Essential.”
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About Marc of Contemplative Pathways

Marc teaches contemplative meditation in the context of contemporary mysticism. His understanding of the mystical life is rooted in over 30 years of study, practice, unfoldment, realization and experience, in the course of which he has received the gifts of spiritual discernment and transmission. His teaching work meaningfully shifts consciousness in a student through the process and alchemy of mystical transformation. Marc facilitates the mystical teachings under the style of Contemplative Pathways, enabling others to embark on the spiritual journey by learning the Truth teaching and living its principles. He has been conducting classes and meditation meetings in the San Francisco Bay Area in a classroom, lecture, workshop or group practice setting, for over fifteen years. His methodology of instruction is divinely inspired and firmly rooted in pure, authentic mysticism. His approach to the mystical life is essentially nondenominational, nonsectarian, culturally interfaith, spiritually transreligious, and definitively unitive and nondualistic. His other contributions to worldwide spiritual awakening and the global contemplative movement include spiritual mentoring and spiritual healing practice. Within the context of the great shift in consciousness now occurring all over the planet, Marc’s work presently focuses on individual and collective spiritual transformation and healing through the practice of contemplation or meditation, as the vehicle for transcendence and ascension to the higher dimensions of mystical consciousness. He remains firmly committed to the vision of a global spiritual awakening and the divine promise of humanity’s mystical illumination.
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2 Responses to A Timeless Message and Reminder of “Essential Things”

  1. Anna says:

    thank you … i so enjoyed the timeless message in this beautiful expression of “essential things” … it brings out for me Jesus’ message to be in the world but not of it … there is only one world, “My Kingdom” … but “this world”, the distorted, conditioned, illusory view stemming from a sense of separation from our Source is mistaken for reality … as we dwell on Omnipotence Omniscience and Omnipresence as our true Nature, Joy will bubble up within us and more and more this Nature will be reflected back to us. Love and Gratitude

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  2. Anna says:

    the video is glorious … just beautiful … complimenting and enforcing the essence of the poem … i have never seen such a rich spiritual site so full of uplift
    and deep insight … thank you marc for the exquisite expression of yourself as contemplative pathways … much love and gratitude … anna

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