Aligned and Fully Happy (New Poem by Polly Castor)

Aligned and Fully Happy (New Poem by Polly Castor)

Aligned and Fully Happy, poem by Polly Castor

Aligned and Fully Happy

Are you more interested in life
or in your thoughts?
Just look around you,
and really see how
interesting everything is.
The grain of wood, the beetle’s iridescence.
The sluicing waterfall, the stalwart mountain.
The nubby beach towel, the puffy cloud.
Believing your thoughts is overrated,
for they can mislead as much as guide.
Squishy and sinking, they take us in
like quicksand, spinning us down a drain,
or whirling us around in a tizzy-whizzy,
going nowhere, like a water spout,
fizzing in every direction.
Enlightenment is more about
awareness than thinking.
But that is not the focus.
Noticing, relishing,
and being grateful
for all the good
that boundlessly
surrounds you,
delivers joy.
Contrary to what
you may imagine,
we don’t think our way
into wisdom and insight,
but observing carefully,
and cherishing every
detail and design
that is beyond us,
will bring alignment,
understanding, and
expansive happiness.

by Polly Castor

I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.


  1. John gregory 3 years ago

    We act our way into right thinking.

  2. JOSEPH DAHLET HERRING 3 years ago

    This catches some onomatopoetic possibilities- “sloucing waterfall”- thus intensifying the joy to be discovered in matter.
    Albert Schweitzer’s ” Out of My Life and Thought ” would teach us to avoid making a too strong dichotomy between life and thought.

  3. Paula 3 years ago


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