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. ✾

Dissolve Into Present Moment

A poem on being wide awake to witness life’s unfolding, now. Image: JPlenio on Pixabay Be a witnessto each unfoldingwonder of present momentnowandnow. Participate in bliss:being in bodyand sound mind,delighting in playof light and darkness —just present, hereunclutteredshiningbrightawareness(wide awake)into each instantand task. How?Practice.Over and over,practice.Pause.Breathe.Smile.Notice. Seat yourselfas the witnessperspectivelike eye of universefrom which to gaze.We …

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Finding Silence & Simplicity in a World Trending Toward Speed

As parents, the pandemic has served up immense juggling obstacles, but also opportunities for fewer distractions and new habits. Image: Pixabay “In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive resolves itself into crystal clearness.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi As parents, the pandemic has served up a …

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Empty Mind

A poem on the slow return to a more original state: simply feeling and being. When we give ourselves the spaceto empty the mind,a slow returnto a more original stateopens:becoming the shapeof elementsfrom which we descendand of which we are composed. Clinging to rocks,soaking in sunlight,absorbing waterbecoming like ancestor algaeprimordially silentfloatingin a pool ofbeingfeelingemptying. There …

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How Laundry and Dishes Can Lead to Freedom of a Different Kind

If we tweak our perceptions, the simple day to day tasks can also bring us joy. Have you ever had the experience of being tethered to home, pining for something different or more? If you are a working mother of young children like myself, there are likely piles of laundry, endless order for snacks, toys …

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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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Time Outs, Strong Emotions & Needing Space: Lessons Learned from a Buddhist Preschool

Photo: Alaya Preschool, Darlene Lorraine Over the years, I’ve written a bit on the amazing preschool that my boys attend in Boulder, Colorado. It has been a beacon of wisdom and insight, and I’m eternally grateful. Rooted in the tradition of Shambhala Buddhism, the teachers act based on the premise that there is a basic wisdom inherent in …

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Let’s Try Something New: Lessons Learned from a Buddhist Preschool

Photo: Deborah McNamara Over the years I've written on Principles of Contemplative Parenting — and my reflections inspired by them. Thanks to Alaya Preschool in Boulder, Colorado for outlining some of these suggested points. Here I share a few more, accompanied by my experiences. After a challenging spell with my boys, these served my life like guideposts, …

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A Midnight Lightbulb: How Sleepless Nights With the Baby Transformed Me for Good

Learning that love can shine through, even with a shrieking child at 3 am. “Love can change a person the way a parent can change a baby — awkwardly, and often with a great deal of mess.” ~ Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events One of the consistent times when I needed to “practice” …

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How Parenthood Can Devour Our Egos in the Best Possible Way

Sometimes we can set ourselves free by setting ourselves aside “Much of motherhood, from the very first hour, carries the early warning signs of ego warfare. I want to sleep. She wants to eat. I need to do this. She needs to do that. Not again. Again. It can feel as though someone were eating …

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