Sunday, November 23, 2014

How we change


Something there is in us that seeks to consume;
that closes itself off in a cocoon of isolation --
until some stroke of compassion -- or perhaps it's grace --
awakens the joy within, and we take flight...

(from a Rumi poem, published this morning on my Contemplative Icons page)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Through another lens


Though the red and gold are true,
my camera turned these damp dark shadows into blue,
reminding us that what looks black from one perspective
may have a vital color of its own 
when viewed  through another lens...

Friday, November 21, 2014

The path to forgiveness

The path to forgiveness
is rarely obvious or easy;
there will be many obstacles
in the way.
But few acts are more heroic,
or speak more clearly
to the freedom of choice
that makes us fully human,
than to break the cycle
of instinctive retaliation,
to drop the awful burden
of hate and animosity;
to step over the past grievances
that haunt us and divide us
and into the promise
of mercy and grace.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Though you walk alone


Though you walk alone
to the edge of the earth
I will build a fence there
to keep you from falling off.
My deepest wish
is to keep you safe from harm...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Summoned to be a blessing


We are, each of us, here, says Jonathan Sacks 
in his extraordinary book, The Dignity of Difference
"because someone -- some force at the heart of being -- 
called us into existence and summoned us to be a blessing."  

How will you bless the world today?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Creative process


"At the deepest level, 
the creative process and the healing process 
arise from a single source. 
When you are an artist, you are a healer; 
A wordless trust of the same mystery 
is the foundation of your work and its integrity."
-- Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen

Monday, November 17, 2014

Each bridge an invitation


Every bridge is an invitation
to step across the great divide
and see how things look
from the other side...