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Thursday, December 3, 2020

SPIRITUAL GIRTH

"For such loss, I would believe, abundant recompense."
~ William Wordsworth ~

The things we survive give us spiritual girth.
On the way to the church for my sister's memorial service-
She killed herself 
and I was to read Lines Written Above Tintern Abby 
for her 
at the podium-
I remember having this inner knowing.

If I could bury my only sister,
Then, 
surely,
I could do anything. 

I am strengthened by hardship. 


Wednesday, December 2, 2020

CLAMORING STORIES

"'Tis the great art of life to manage well
The restless mind."
~ John Armstrong ~

We build cases against people and hardship for ourselves 
in our minds.
And then we clash in the world with our clamoring stories.
The noise is deafening,
And makes it difficult for
The truth
To be
Seen.

I carefully chaperone the thoughts in my mind. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

RIDDLE

"Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment."
~Rumi ~

Who would we be if we didn't know who we are?

Not knowing may be less of a problem than we think.


Monday, November 30, 2020

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

"Never ruin an apology with an excuse."
~ Kimberly Johnson ~

When someone shares with us that something we have done has
Hurt their feelings, 
or
Created some other kind of hardship,
Or suffering,
Or inconvenience,
Generally, 
We are
Quick
To defend ourselves
And make excuses,
And explain away our behavior,
When what they really want
(And what's most needed)
Is an acknowledgement of the truth for them of what they've shared,
And a simple and sincere 
Apology
From
Us.

I own my part in the unfolding drama of life. 

Sunday, November 29, 2020

BEYOND THE BEYOND

"Don't worry about anything at all.
You are not here by accident."
~ Mooji ~

We are simultaneously
the ground behind our experiencing,
The experience itself with all of its
Emotions and physicality,
And the witness of both.

I am more than my conditioning.


Thursday, November 26, 2020

RICH APPRECIATION

"Too often too late comes too soon."
~ Dr SunWolf ~

One year ago today, our beloved German Shepherd, Boss, was still alive,
And so was my cousin's son, Max,
And so were all those like them who have died unexpectedly.
We want to know, but the only thing certain is our not knowing.
Living in rich appreciation of what each day brings seems an advisable strategy,
As does kindness,
And compassion,
And love. 

I stop insisting on the future and wake up to the day I'm in. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

GRATEFUL AND LONGING

"On Thanksgiving Day we acknowledge our dependence."
~William Jennings Bryan ~

Thanksgiving again.
Another turkey and stuffing, 
Sweet potatoes,
Pumpkin pie.
But a bit of a different world this year,
And so, 
As always,
the mix-
Of old and new,
Familiar and strange,
Together and apart,
Hungry and full,
Grateful and longing,
And all of the above
And none of the above.

It's the unpredictable mix and side by side opposites that keep us engaged in the journey of life.