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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Sometimes, It Takes a Very Long Time

A poem on what lies at the center after peeling away the layers. Photo: Ralu Michael from Pixabay Sometimes, it takes a very long timeto peel the layers of an onion.For some, a lifetime.For others, years.And still for others, each momentis like living in the center:a sweet and pungent core to make the eyes tear. …

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Deep in the Belly You Will Find

A poem on the quiet places of origin and germination inside ourselves. Photo: Pixabay Deep in the belly,you will findorigins of pain and joyand the roots of all thingsdesiring germination. Something curls around itself therewrapped in immutable silence,stripped bare under stars,wishing to be one of those bright lights. Here, wind —or is it an ocean? …

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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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A Mother’s Body

A poem on how motherhood shapes us. Photo: Cahypatia on Pixabay A mother’s body:shapeshifter,giver of life,bone shifter.Doorway to the next generationof family story,her body a vessel,she has become whole:holy,irrevocably marked. When it is all said and done,life having called her to another formshe will see that ‘perfect’ never mattered.Her hips spread beyond convention.Not dainty, spritely …

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The Fruits of Commitment: Saying Yes to the Crucible of Family Life

In family life, love itself can become the container within which we live. Photo: Deborah McNamara (Dubois, Wyoming) “Love does not arise, abide or dissolve in connection with any particular feeling. Love has instead become a container within which we live. Through time, riding mysterious waves of passion, aggression and ignorance, we begin to live …

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What Do Goddess Archetypes Have To Do with Parenting?

Tending the hearth right here at home can also be a sacred act. Photo: Deborah McNamara “The symbol of Goddess gives us permission. She teaches us to embrace the holiness of every natural, ordinary, sensual dying moment.”~ Sue Monk Kidd, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter New mothers receive, often unexpectedly and without adequate preparation, …

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4 Practices for Fresh Perspective: How Time in Nature Can Lead to Unexpected Insights

Fully engaging our senses is an invitation into revelation. Photo: Deborah McNamara (Dubois, Wyoming) “To be alive in this beautiful, self-organizing universe — to participate in the dance of life with senses to perceive it, lungs that breathe it, organs that draw nourishment from it — is a wonder beyond words.” — Joanna Macy While …

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