Balanced Mind with Julie Potiker

Balanced Mind with Julie Potiker

Compassion Meditation - Breathe In and Out

May 02, 2023

Sit back and relax, breathe in compassion and love for yourself and others. Julie Potiker completes this guided meditation with the poem, "Love's Exquisite Freedom," by Maya Angelou.

Love's Exquisite Freedom

Maya Angelou

We, unaccustomed to courage

exiles from delight

live coiled in shells of loneliness

until love leaves its high holy temple

and comes into our sight

to liberate us into life.

Love arrives

and in its train come ecstasies

old memories of pleasure

ancient histories of pain.

Yet if we are bold,

love strikes away the chains of fear

from our souls.

We are weaned from our timidity

In the flush of love's light

we dare be brave

And suddenly we see

that love costs all we are

and will ever be.

Yet it is only love

which sets us free.

-Love's Exquisite Freedom

Maya Angelou

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