The Path Is Downward

A poem on the moment of choice when faced with change. Image: Susan Lu4esm, Pixabay Every season has its blessing,even the one that is cold and dark.When that moment comesto turn the wheel of changeresistand suffer from the stayingor hug closechoosing the unfamiliarand wait. If we stay insidetoo longprotectedeclipsingdraw of icy moonwe begin to feeltug …

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Find that Brightest Place

A poem on moving through perceived obstacles, loyal to your own best self. Image: JPlenio, Pixabay To move through sticky placesdeep like amber toffee,dive into the shadows.Look closely now:find all the places that draintwisting even through blind spotseach one a portal into other world. Consider waysthe subconsciousweaves magicas well as webs.Regardless of what catches light …

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The Alchemy Needed to Transform

A poem on reaching beyond fear. Image: Hans, Pixabay How far have we really traversedbeyond our own boundaries?Not the onesprotecting safetyrather where we holdourselvesback from becomingmost free. In relationship,stand on rim of deep canyonwordlesslyencounter untravelledjourney through time and space,between here and there,between self and other too. Walk along those edges,create space to carryin each hand …

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This Too Shall Pass

A poem about impermanence. Photo: CocoaParisienne on Pixabay Everything is impermanent —each bodylifethought,like shiftingsandsin windreachingonly to findeach thingalready changed. This too shall pass.In this fleeting truth:find presence,be in lovewith what unfoldsnow,even when difficult.There is no stayingsame. Integrateall sidesrememberinglife is lightand shadow,diving into bothunderstand eachas essentialfor other to exist.Here,in this ever-changing placebeyondand betweenuncoverthe brightest jewels. ✾

In Grief, Take As Long A Road As You Need

A poem in the wake of tragedy. Photo: Deborah McNamara (Boulder, Colorado; Site of the 3/22/21 mass shooting) In grief:Take as longa roadas you need,mingling withheartbreakingholy darknessgiving spaceto each chasmcalling for tending. When emerging,coming up for breathhold firm in keepinglightalive and well,find ways to live brightnessand lovein wakeof unimaginable heartlessness. Do not succumb to pressureto …

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Drink From a Deeper Well

A poem on following our internal boundaries, and considering what lies beyond. Photo: JPlenio, Pixabay What does it mean to drinkfrom a deeper well?Travel downwards in placewhile also reachingtoward each horizon.Listen with careful attentionto what callsbeyond the familiar,the parts knockingto travel beyond. When consideringrange of visionin oneself(and out)follow the boundaryjust to the edge.Come to know …

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Be In Love

A poem on traveling beyond the gate of intellect to the realm of heart. Image: JPlenio on Pixabay Love:Quiet, wordlessshowing us how to danceeven among shadowsletting words dissolve,like wisps of cloudat dusk’s perfect momentof disappearance into night. Love beckons usto know(full bodily)the infinite wonderbeyond the gate of intellect,calling us to travel fartherto the realm of …

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Letting Love Be the Guide

When confronting the need for discipline with our kids, we can look to spiritual traditions and teachings for inspiration. Photo: Ben Kerckx on Pixabay “You can’t teach anyone anything without love, and without being happy with them.” ~ Adi Da Samraj, Spiritual Teacher, Writer, and Artist As our children get older, the challenges of parenting …

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When Love Reaches Beyond Itself

A poem on setting the gift of love free. Image by Tegawi on Pixabay What do you do whenlove would have you crazyat the seamswanting to seep through every crackuntil there was nothing leftbut clear smooth stillness? When the reach from cavernsruns deeplike a gift so vastit cannot be wrappedbut instead only extends outwardslike night …

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When Life Bestows a Gift

A poem on being present to receive life’s gifts, as well as let them go. Photo: Inspired Images on Pixabay Sometimes life bestows a gift,emerging mysteriouslyfrom unknown origins.Some are brief,fleeting,unexpected —like wisps of songthrough crack of open window.Others:made for the long roadto carry for a lifetime. Whatever is true,be there to receivewhat is offered.Participate.Don’t ask …

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