Friday, July 21, 2017

Seeking that quiet center


When I try to still my mind,
some part of me is always racing toward the future,
while some other part is leaning back into the past.
Help me to find the quiet center
that lies between the two.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The flame of love


The flame of love may rise and set in our hearts,
but it is always there, coloring our thoughts,
and when they grow dark it circles round, ready to flare again.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Silent reminders


Even in death,
we leave our mark upon the landscape,
silent reminders of what was,
and what will be.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Make time to feed your soul



Take some time today to step outside: 
Whether you just sit and appreciate
Or take a walk on the wild side,
It's bound to feed your soul.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Time to break the cycle


There will always be circumstances beyond our control.
But the larger and more pervasive they become,
the more determined we are to control what things we can,
and the angrier we grow when those attempts are thwarted.
What will you do today to break that cycle?

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Enchanting invitation


You don't have to be bold to be beautiful.
Subtle colors and contrasting textures 
have a beauty all their own; their quiet charm
an enchanting invitation into mystery.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Illumination from within


Even as we reach for the light, let us not forget 
that we are also illuminated from within...

Friday, July 14, 2017

Longing as a function of distance


I learned this morning that the root of the word
longing is actually long, as in distance:
a craving for something that's far away: 
calm, when we're busy; connection, when we're separated; 
hope, when we are awash in despair;
action, when we feel trapped, disconnected or becalmed...
What, dear one, do you long for today?
And what steps might you take 
to lessen that uncomfortable distance?

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Morning light


Take a minute to stop, breathe, and greet the dawning day; 
rise a little earlier if you must. 
Bask in the wisdom of the morning sun;
find solace in the coolness of her shadows.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Revel in the gifts


The arc of life seems largely unpredictable:
though birth and death are given, 
much of what occurs in the years between
may come as a surprise: early promise unfulfilled,
or darkness blossoming into light...
and still we trust, and learn, and grow,
and revel in the gifts each new day brings.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Step away, step away


Summer offers a perfect excuse
to discover again the simple pleasures of childhood:
being with friends, splashing about in the waves,
reveling in the warmth of the sun...
Walk away from whatever electronic device
has you in its thrall and take some time to enjoy the day!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Resting our thoughts


Somehow our problems look smaller,
and their solutions a bit more obvious,
if we just take a little time to rest
our eyes and our thoughts...

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Ominous


When we start seeing the world in black and white --
"either you're with me or against me" --
even the simplest, gentlest scenes 
begin to seem more ominous...

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The promise of life to come


Why are we determined to contain and protect
something which has no apparent life?
Is it for the memories of what once was,
or the promise of life to come?

Friday, July 7, 2017

Refreshing innocence



In this dark world we refresh our souls
By gazing on the innocence of flowers.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Driven toward the light


Have you considered the possibility --
or do you remember --
that some of the darkest aspects 
of our experience and personality
are what propel us into the light?

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The complexity of the Natural World


"Age cannot wither her,
nor custom stale her infinite variety."
Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Independence Day!


... and if, today, you're celebrating freedom,
what is it freedom from? 
And what is it the freedom to do?

Monday, July 3, 2017

The more we have


The more we have, the more we spend
protecting what we have...

Sunday, July 2, 2017

What color is your life today?


Some days 
you just need a little color in your life...

Saturday, July 1, 2017

The universe collaborates


I cannot promise you that for every task you undertake
the necessary resources will be provided,
but I will say this:
when we're doing whatever it is we were born to do
in the moment we were meant to do it,
the universe has a lovely way of collaborating with us.