"You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves." -Mary Oliver " ... My son does this as easily as breathing, while I struggle with it most of the time and every once in a while experience it as unbidden grace. I look at him as my teacher in this way. Also, I take my own mothering instincts as teachers. I look upon his body and my mother's heart loves it and marvels at it. So I turn this same quality of vision on my own body, my own yard and home, on the Earth, and I love them and marvel at them in the same way. They are equally holy and beloved."

from Nature & the Human Soul, Bill Plotkin

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