You do not have to be good
You do not need to walk on your knees, for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only need to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
This poem speaks to how much we all want to belong, to be connected with the life around us. Today, “let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.” What kind of animal are you? How does this animal body give and receive love? Feel into your relationship to loneliness and despair. Have compassion for your own suffering and the suffering of others. See if you can connect to the “family of things” that you are a part of, recognize you are never alone. You are life as well.