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05/14/2014 10:14 am ET Updated May 14, 2014

Daily Meditation: Seaside

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.

Today's meditation features a poem by American writer William Carlos Williams. 'Flowers by the Sea' is a meditation on the gentle restlessness conjured by the sea -- and which some may be feeling in themselves as summer approaches.

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Flowers by the Sea by William Carlos Williams

When over the flowery, sharp pasture’s
edge, unseen, the salt ocean

lifts its form—chicory and daisies
tied, released, seem hardly flowers alone

but color and the movement—or the shape
perhaps—of restlessness, whereas

the sea is circled and sways
peacefully upon its plantlike stem

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