I came across this piece — Spiritual Poetry: 22 poems about spirituality and enlightenment— by Jane Hirschfield and got lost in it. She groups the poems into categories, "gates" that she calls, "points of entry into spiritual life."
- The Great Yes
- Issa's Cricket
- Horace's Zen
- Four Poets, One Theme: Spiritual Residence
- Four Poets, One Theme: Abundance
- Spiritual Dialogue
She includes an expanse of poets from such varying times, places, and spaces that the result is a feeling of being in the room and sharing your sturdy and fragile humanity with the most interesting people you know.
Here's an example of one of the poems she chose to convey "Abundance":
Of all that God has shown me
I can speak just the smallest word,
Not more than a honey bee
Takes on his foot
From an overspilling jar.
~ Mechtild of Magdeburg (13th century) [translated by Jane Hirshfield]
Enjoy getting lost with me as you wander in and out of Hirschfield's gates.
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