Climb: A Poem about Mindfulness

I wrote this poem over 20 years ago, when I was a teenager. I’d been worrying about something unimportant, so I went walking in the Lake District and kept climbing and pushing myself until all my worries disappeared. I didn’t realise it then, but it was a poem about mindfulness. It’s still one of my favourite compositions, and as I’ve been writing on the theme of mindfulness, I’d like to share it with you:

Climb:
Climb until the beating of your heart
Outweighs the beating of your troubled mind;
Till countless cares and clamorous fears
Become mere whisperings
And stifled, they surrender
To the howling winds.

Gaze:
Gaze in wonder at the mountain scene
In awe of nature’s flawless masterpiece:
From roaring depths
The soaring peaks
Rise sad, and strange and wise
They nod in silent homage
To triumphant skies

Stand:
Stand in due respect for knowledge gained
In reverence for the majesty of time:
The mountains, through their weight of years
Have glimpsed eternity
Though surely they must tumble
To the raging sea.

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