Friday, September 30, 2016

Pre-dawn wonderings

Waking in darkness, waiting for light,
wondering what in the world day will bring:
What am I weary of? What am I wary of?
Where am I wounded, and where am I wise? 
What am I wishing for, what shall I watch for?
Where should I walk and what work should I do...

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Pay attention to your breathing

As you work, or walk, today, pay attention to your breathing:
on which portion of it do you spend your time?
With inhalation, as you gather inspiration?
With the space between the inhale and the ex,
processing, preparing for the work that's yet to come?
With the exhale, breathing out your gifts into the world?
Or in the rest that follows, creating stillness
for gestations yet to come?

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What calls you?

Take time today to explore what it is 
that calls you into the light...

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

At the center of being

Take a moment to stop and breathe.
Step away from your computer;
take a walk in the garden.
Set aside that driving need to accomplish, and rest.
Find the pearl that waits at the center of being.

Monday, September 26, 2016

A dream of survival

Last night the sky glowed red, white, and blue --
first time I'd ever seen this happen.
I'd like to believe it's a positive omen:
a promise that our country will survive
the ugliness of this election.
A girl can dream...

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Limitless potential

As I lie here, tucked beneath the cover of the trees,
the fog begins to lift from my soul
and I awaken to the limitless potential of the day.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Look beyond the surface

The colors we see may not be what the camera sees,
just as the truth you see may not be what another sees.
Everything depends on illumination, 
which takes many different forms:
look beyond the surface to the love that lies beneath.

Friday, September 23, 2016

The work of the day

Whatever tasks I undertake today,
whatever storms or challenges I face,
may I do the work required of me
with focus and compassion,
always mindful of the inspiration that surrounds me
and the effect my choices have 
on all whose lives are linked with mine.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Rage, Rage against the dying of the light

Listen to the lesson of the trees:
Do not fade in the face of the dark days to come.
Bow not to the inevitable losses, but grow more vivid:
Reach deep into your roots and let your boldest colors 
flare into the light.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Alchemy of love

I will entrust today to my inner alchemist:
For the frustrations I breathe in, I'll breathe out patience.
For the sickness I breathe in, I'll breathe out health.
For the tears that I breathe in, I'll breathe out joy
For all the doubts and fears, I'll breathe out hope.
For the self-doubt I breathe in, I'll breathe out courage,
and for all the anger and the hate,
I'll breathe out love.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Find your wings

Clustered together on this rock
on a gray and drizzly day
we dream of sailing far away
but cannot find our wings.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Become the light

When that moment comes, 
when you're standing in the light,
GLOW! Become the light!
Glow as if the light will never leave you, 
storing up the light in your bones
for the winter yet to come.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Come, winter winds

Everywhere I look,
I see signs that summer's coming to an end:
The maple leaf, once green, once larger than my face,
now small and yellow, drifted from her branch;
the dragonfly, her iridescent flutter once so pleasing,
now lying stiff and sightless on my fading picnic table --
and still I think I hear the labored breathing of the dog
we laid to rest just a few weeks ago...
Come winter winds, and blow the memories away.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Welcoming the rain

Autumn, and the rain begins again.
From my kitchen window I watch the cedar trees
dancing in the wet,
their thin green paws sparkling with gratitude.

Friday, September 16, 2016

This new day

This new day, made more brilliant by its clouds,
offers yet another opportunity
to bring into the light that which is being born through you.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Sharing the light

Though you may be surrounded by darkness, remember this:
you were created not just to capture and contain,
but also to reflect and share what light there is.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Come into my garden

Come into my garden: bask in the balance
of dark and light, cool and warm.
If you cannot find a path, feel free to sit where you are
and breathe in the deep green scent of acceptance.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Nobility of a chicken

When did "chicken" become a synonym for weakness?
There's a certain nobility in looking before you leap;
a certain grace in choosing to nurture
that which needs your tenderness to be born.

Monday, September 12, 2016

The edge of being

Sailing back from the darklands,
I'm perilously close to the edge of being.
I'm grateful for the momentum
that keeps me moving forward into love.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Broken open

Some of the tenderest parts of us
live behind doors long rusted shut,
only to reveal themselves again
when some calamitous event breaks through the lock.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

The painter's invitation

Sink into the deepest chambers of your soul,
and invite the colours hidden there
to sing their divine choruses of joy.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Caverns of the heart

Taste the golden sounds and scents
of the infinite space that surrounds you;
then let that stretch and fill the hungry caverns of your heart.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Fill your soul

Feast your eyes on this, and breathe
the cedar-scented mountain air. 
You are a vital part of a truly magnificent landscape:
let that knowledge fill your soul
with clarity, and hope.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Divine radiance

Just as a hand held before the face
can hide the mountain in the distance,
the constraints of the immediate 
can obscure the divine radiance that surrounds us...

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The glow of presence

Evening, and the day takes on that golden glow
that recollections give the past.
When will we learn that Now glows brighter with potential
than past or future ever could?
A mindful presence has more to offer
than any memories or dreams.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Dare to imagine

The tasks that lie ahead may seem daunting, but surely -- 
what you dare to imagine must be possible; 
it's just that you'll need to share your vision, and ask for help.
With cooperation and collaboration
(and a bit of divine assistance)
great things can be brought to life.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Releasing the what-ifs

It's here again -- that time between,
when you're waiting for the fog to lift
and wondering what comes next.
Enjoy it: still your mind, and release all those what-ifs.
What will happen
will happen
when it happens...

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Fighting chaos and disorder


We fight so desperately 
to maintain order in our lives.
Perhaps it's time to set down our weapons
And remember that with chaos and disorder 
New possibilities can sometimes arise... 

Friday, September 2, 2016

Find that stillness

That stillness, in the late afternoon,
when the leaves have begun to turn,
but haven't yet fallen;
when the fish are dozing quietly
on the bottom of the pond --
find that stillness, and let it echo through your soul.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Where you are now

Life has its textures -- its flatlands, and its high mountain ranges;
the easy times can be boring, but the mountainous ones...
well, that's another story. Just remember:
where you are now is where you are now;
enjoy it, even though the future looms.