Saturday, October 25, 2014

There may be times

There may be times when we have no choice
but to step into the dark
and trust there will be light on the other side...

Friday, October 24, 2014

The fragrance of the unseen

"If you catch a fragrance of the unseen,
you will not be able to be contained.
You will be out in empty sky...
As you live deeper in the heart,
the mirror gets clearer and cleaner...
You break the spells
that human difficulties cause."

-- Rumi

Thursday, October 23, 2014

An austere clarity

Word arrived yesterday that the stone memorial for the family farm we sold last year in Iowa has finally been placed.  That -- and knowing a family reunion's coming up, and I'm unable to attend -- is making me a little sad today.

Addicted as I am to the mountains and the sea, I couldn't have imagined living there, but I found the starkness of those bare flat lands hauntingly beautiful, and I'm grateful the austere clarity of that life still echoes in the souls of my husband and our daughters.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The beginning of wisdom

"Whenever we can appreciate 
the goodness and value of something 
while still knowing its limitations and failures, 
this marks the beginning of wisdom."

 -- Richard Rohr, The Naked Now

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Dancing in the center of light

Cherish those blessed moments
when the longing soul takes flight;
when, wings outstretched, embracing All,
we dance in the center of light.

Monday, October 20, 2014

What sinks us

"Sadness does not sink a person; 
it is the energy a person spends 
trying to avoid sadness that does that."

-- Barbara Brown Taylor, Learning to Walk in the Dark

Sunday, October 19, 2014

On a bed of clouds

Let's build our lives on a bed of clouds
to cushion our assumptions
so when we do fall in
to foolish judgments of right and wrong
we bounce right back to that open space 
where everyone has a reasonable point of view...