Mindful poetry

By | 6th July 2012

Many thanks to the patient regarding the Robert Frost poem, The Road Not Taken.

see the Robert Frost article here

I now use poetry and small observations which help to nudge people towards considering changes to their lives.

Such changes a much more likely to be long lasting because you are in charge – all that your doctor has done is to enable you to look and things a little differently and make some changes.

Mr Frost’s poem is particularly important because most people only consider the consequences of the road not taken at the ends of their lives rather than the point at which the opportunity arises. I think this is predominantly because the pace of modern life is so fast and so instant that we rarely take time to reflect.

I suspect that the great advantage of ‘Mindfulness’ is that you stop and reflect on your thoughts and any aspect of your life you want to consider. This is a skill which our ancient ancestors knew well but which modern times have lost.

The patient who remarked on Frost’s poem  said that it reminded her of another.

W H Davies

W H Davies - Leisure, from Songs of Joy and Others - first published 1911


What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad day light,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

W H Davies


Sadly taking time to stand and stare in most cities may now be viewed as potentially antisocial behaviour!

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