Amplify Austin. Amplify Eremos.
On behalf of the Eremos community and Board of Directors, thank you to everyone who supported us during Amplify Austin.
Your generosity enabled Eremos to raise $13, 670 during the official 24-hour giving festival
and $13,745 overall!
One of the ways Eremos supports and uplifts our community is through poetry. We often find poems can cut across faith tradition or life experience differences to universally touch hearts. This past February we were honored to host renowned poet Naomi Shihab Nye, as she helped us see through the eyes of the poet the compassion that connects us all. Your donation helps ensure we can continue to offer programs like this.
In honor of our connection to poetry and in gratitude for your generosity, we share a treasured poem. Soul sustenance for these stressful times we’re living in. Enjoy!
The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
We hope to see you at an Eremos program soon. And, for our out-of-town Amplify Austin donors who can’t attend our events, we send a special message of gratitude from deep in the heart of Texas! May the clarity, peace, and compassion flowing from our contemplative experiences ripple out to touch your spirit wherever you live.
If you missed Amplify Austin and would like to help share the gift of contemplation, you can DONATE HERE .
“I truly don’t know where I’d be today without Eremos where I can find a few moments of silence and sanity in this hectic world.”