Yoga Journal

Finding Enchantment In Imperfectness Can Heal Us All

There’s a poem by Mary Oliver called “The Swan” that changed my life the first time I read it. It made me evaluate what I thought being beautiful meant—how I had been groomed by the media to believe it was skin-deep—and how I had trained myself to think it was always elsewhere. The last lines of the poem read:

And did you feel it, in your heart, how it pertained to everything?

And have you too finally figured out

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