(slideshow included below) Earth, take me down into your core. Water, let me run fluid and resilient like you, transparent and true. The forest is my church and my refuge. The trees speak to me and hold me. The way ahead may be seemingly impassable. A jungle of shrubs, branches, death and mayhem. Look up... Continue Reading →
Illuminate me: the rejected shadow child Part II
This is my dark and lovely message Hear me cry Hear me cry Hear me cry Never stop hearing me cry ...
You will love again the stranger who was your self
Love after love The time will come when, with elation, you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror, and each will smile at the other’s welcome, and say, sit here. Eat. You will love again the stranger who was your self. Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart to... Continue Reading →
“I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best”
I had the good fortune of studying Walt Whitman as a student in college. I cannot say I understood what I was being presented with at the time, but I can say that he got into my cells even then, without my knowing, and now I can begin to appreciate the genius that he's imparted to anyone who takes the time to feel into the magic of his words. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
To be nobody but yourself
To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Stand still. The forest knows Where you are. You must let it find you.
An incredible poem by David Wagoner shared below. Please read it. Then, following the poem, there is a relatively short video with David Whyte discussing this poem in conversation with Jeffrey Mishlove. Wonderful. Enjoy. … [click on title to read and view more]
The Peace of Wild Things
When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free … [click on title to read and view more]
there will be bad days…
Words of encouragement for your inevitable bad day. "There will be bad days. Be calm. Loosen your grip, opening each palm slowly now. Let go. Be confident. Know that now is only a moment, and that if today is as bad as it gets, understand that by tomorrow, today will have ended. Be gracious. Accept each extended hand offered, to pull you back from the somewhere you cannot escape. Be diligent. Scrape the gray sky clean. Realize every dark cloud is a smoke screen meant to blind us from the truth, and the truth is whether we see them or not - the sun and moon are still there and always there is light. Be forthright. Despite your instinct to say "it's alright, I'm okay" - be honest. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
How can a body withstand this?
The Thing Is... to love life, to love it even when you have no stomach for it and everything you've held dear crumbles like burnt paper in your hands, your throat filled with the silt of it. When grief sits with you, its tropical heat thickening the air, heavy as water more fit for gills... Continue Reading →
LOVE (happy valentine’s! this is about big love, not just romantic love)
Touched by an Angel We, unaccustomed to courage exiles from delight live coiled in shells of loneliness until love leaves its high holy temple and comes into our sight to liberate us into life. Love arrives and in its train come ecstasies old memories of pleasure ancient histories of pain. Yet if we are bold,... Continue Reading →
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