Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Dancing into silence

The more we practice dancing into silence,
The more gracefully we'll move through life,
And the more we'll trust that all is well;
That on this infinite stage our tiny role
Contributes exactly what's required
For all good things to come into completion.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Dancing on the wind

We are but seeds, freed by the wind
and carried upon the breeze, 
obeying laws we cannot see or know.
Trust the wind, my friend --
one day you will understand.

-- from Dorothy Gilman

Monday, June 29, 2015

Stages on the journey

For every journey, there's a beginning and an end:
a time to plan, and pack, and load,
a time to cut your ties to the past,
a time to feel at sea, and carve your path;
a time to rest, and breathe, and celebrate
the distance that you've traveled.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The dying of the light

"Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light."
-- Dylan Thomas

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Colorful blessings

In a monochromatic garden,
a touch of color is always welcome.
Some might call these weeds,
but I see them as blessings...

Friday, June 26, 2015


The chief blessing of contemplative meditation (when it works) is this: 
however fiery or impassioned your thoughts may be when you begin, 
as you drop deeper into your practice they slowly cool and melt away, 
until at last you find the mist-ifying fullness that emptiness can bring...

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Beneath the ordinary

Today I vow to be less critical:
to look beyond life's obvious imperfections
to the splendid dappled majesty 
that simmers just beneath the ordinary.