There Comes a Time to Set Down the Shield 

A poem on healing.  (Image: JPlenio, Pixabay)  There comes a timeto set down the shield — the perfect wayyou learned to self-protect,now ready to movebeyondunraveling the storyof each unique scar.  Set down the shield. Tend the wound,give loveeven from the placewhere love wasn’t given.Do this true work,holding placesto heal,becoming more wholein who you are.  Clearing the debris, find forgiveness below the grief. Uncover quiet center …

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Make Yourself at Home in this World

A poem on finding refuge, and being what is yours to become.  (Image: JPlenio, Pixabay)  Make yourself at home in this world, even when it feels inhospitable.Tune into waysyou are supported,still wind rustlingground beneath feet,air on skin.  A task of growing: feel alone enoughyet also know you are never alone.Find your refuge, beyond what anyone saysor does — only being what is yours to become, letting life …

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Feel and See Beyond 

A poem on the moments of love beyond words.  (Image: J. Plenio, Pixabay)  I see you,closest in the middleeven through distant reach — wisp of hair and flash of eyes,too far removedto render anything but the seeing itself. And still,it is perfect just as it is: this moment of love,simpleeven in the passingyou knowwhat needs to be said: I love you.I love this. …

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Go Now to the Places Coming in Dreams

A poem on pausing, and creating space to receive revelation. (Image: Kordi Vahle, Pixabay) When holding too fastto a vision undone, let what needs to be set freedrift like sand in surf with a tide. Stand here, in this liminal spaceblend with the edgesholding self and others just as we are - not wanting for …

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This Time, Come Undone

A poem on surrendering to mystery and beauty — beyond the surface of patterns and routine.  (Image: JPlenio, Pixabay)  This time:Mark what is realbeyond surface sheen, beneath chatterdin of distant orbitsnot yet realized bound by habitand routine — missingthe wildgusts of galaxy dustalways swirlingmagic here.  Of course we should come undonein face of such beauty — force of gravity flash of loveso vasteach revolution between heartstoo full …

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Widen Your Relationship with Light 

A poem on giving and receiving the gift of brightness.  (Image: JPlenio, Pixabay)  Consider: What is your relationship with light?Have you bathed sufficientlyin heat and brightness?Baring skinbreathing through pores — delicious illuminationlike no other. It matters notwhat season you find yourself in. Here, receive: skin mixing with the luminousSun’s touch pervadeseach time reminder of where we come fromlong ago. We are a …

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The Moment Where True Work Begins

A poem on receiving each lesson when facing our mistakes. (Image: JPlenio, Pixabay) The momentwhen we think we have failed,this is where the true work begins. When arriving here,do lessreceiveeach lesson,an invitationrecognizing something new. Draw a boundaryaround what is yoursto metabolize,shed the reststillopen to feedbacksoft,malleableseeing selfthrough eyes of others… Reckon with this spacethe place where …

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When Encountering a Blind Spot

A poem on working with shadow, seeing beyond our own perspectives, and moving into where we most need to grow.  (Image: JPlenio on Pixabay)  When encountering a blind spot:pause, listen,go slowly hereso as not to miss true gift of peeringinto what is not yet seen.  Inner world and outer: discerning what is our ownfree of shadowand projection, unbound by habitand conditioning,land …

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When Looking for Love

A poem on transforming longing.  (Image: JPlenio on Pixabay)  When you find yourselflooking for love, searchingscrollingfor next best thingnever arriving — rather just be hereexactly this shapeperfectly landing. Rather than lookingfor love, be in love.See the ways you already arenow, within love swimming seamlessly in this beauty-drenched worldbeckoning play, delightsavoring each taste, fully arrived.  Be in love here in this place, even when longingfor more or different. Lean longinto …

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Fall in Love Now

A poem on letting your heart break, falling in love with a million details of the here and now.  (Image: DeltaWorks, Pixabay) In moments when dullnesstakes root spreading greyand flat dis-ease,look aroundask yourself: are there not millions of detailsto fall in love within this moment and this and this and this…? Instead of lovingthese million details,do you stay bland(afraid, restless)shaky vulnerabilityrumbling …

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