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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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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Eternity’s Slow Work

A poem on waking up to the force of love. Photo: Jplenio on Pixabay When everything is the Beloved,you will findsomething different:a shift subtle but tectonic.The entire daily conversationpresses you downwardmore deeplyinto realityof present momentby force of love. Be flattened by this feelingand see that even trees look different,leaves shimmering like jewels in sunlighta breeze …

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Always There, Too Often Unnoticed

A poem on making space for love’s meanderings. Love meanders in and throughlike slow trickle of rainthrough an opening.Once you notice it,always therebut too often theunsynthesized background,ignored. When we don’t practice truly seeing(deeply)this life exchangewe miss an intimacy withlove’s surprising roots. The work:See this love at playin your days.Live in waysthat open up possibility of …

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Find Refuge Here

A poem on becoming more intimate with life exactly as it is. Photo Credit: Pixabay Nothing to return toand nowhere to go,insteadjust intimatewith realitypressed into what istrue,much like petalsin a flower presscapturing colorsof a moment in time. Life is not staticand stillcan you loveeach emergingmoment’s texture,tendingthis basic relationshipwithand inrealityitself? Find refuge here:being alivein relationship with …

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When Found In a Place Beyond Reason

A poem on staying with mysteries at work in our lives. When found in a placebeyond reasonand sense,stay there.Linger awhile.Don’t run from the mystery,rather hold steadytrustinginvisible processes at play. Much like flow of waterdoing work on rocks,let life smooth youinto clear and presentplace. Even if you don’t knowwhere you are,the water does. Go with this …

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The Borders of Choosing Love: What Place Does Anger Take?

Our closest relationships can teach us the art of staying connected, even when setting a fierce boundary. Photo: Deborah McNamara (Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming) "Conflict and tension are as much a part of the human condition as interdependence is. There are times we have to have conflict, and tension has to exist to bring something …

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