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how to begin

‘Start close in,
don’t take the second step
or the third,
start with the first
close in,
the step you don’t want to take.’

David Whyte

find a quiet place

while your shoulders drop and your mouth softens
until you feel like moving.

take the first step
so that you notice the settlement of your heel into the earth
the articulation of your foot
the rising of the body
the shining thread of breath

don’t pretend
really watch these things happen

see… you have started

take the next step… repeat