Thursday, June 21, 2018

Prayer as a mixed message


Prayer is often a bit of a mixed message --
we open our hearts, yet keep their contents hidden;
hang our thoughts and worries out to dry, 
but fail to welcome in the presence that enlightens...


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

At the core of every heart


At the core of every heart -- even your own --
there lies a prayer.
Grounded in innocence and wisdom, it calls out,
seeks out the truth, speaks like to like in love.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The absence and return


Life comes in waves, and circles round,
the seasons come and wash upon the shore
to slide away and then roll in again. 
Revel in the splash, the swell; the absence and return.

Monday, June 18, 2018

What we value


What is it that you value most?
What's golden to you may just be something 
someone else would just describe as yellow.
Don't let that make it less valuable to you.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

The arc of time


In the course of any given day, some part of life 
will be fully lit while others are still in shadow,
hands cupped, and waiting for the light. Be patient: 
in the arc of time that radiance will come again to you.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

What bright truth?


What is it that you see that no one else observes?
What bright truth is visible to your eyes alone,
and how will you share that understanding with the world?

Friday, June 15, 2018

Never ordinary


You may think of yourself as ordinary, 
But in my eyes you are glowing
with life and beauty.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

A narrow viewpoint


Watching from the safety 
of our own unique perspectives,
we might assume we're seeing 
everything there is to see..

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

All that you've been given


May the fog of indecision lift,
and the day spread out before you
with an open invitation to appreciate 
all that you've been given, here and now.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Sometimes the dark


Sometimes it takes the dark 
to make you appreciate the light...

Monday, June 11, 2018

Safe Travels


Safe Travels today, wherever your path may take you...

Sunday, June 10, 2018

In the shade of trust


Come sit a while in this quiet place with me.
Set aside the heat of all those resentments and irritations,
and linger in the shade of trust,
the cool of knowing we're watched over, and loved.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Lift your hearts


We lift our hearts to the light,
welcoming the dawn of a new day.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Wisdom of the birds


Let us listen to the wisdom of the birds:
alert, watchful, and ever present,
undistracted by the machinations of the mind,
they know first hand their oneness with all being.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Home to joy


And then at last, at the end of the day,
we run home to joy and love...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The call of desire



For those of us who long to feel safe,
It takes courage to heed the call of desire;
To bloom when everything in us
Seems eager to stay curled in a bud...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Beauty in balance


The dark, the light, the in-between --
It takes a balance of them all
To bring out the beauty in each.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Moving toward the light


The obstacles ahead all seem to shrink
as we move inexorably toward the light...

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Closing the gap


Born into oneness, we chose our separate ways
and yet at heart are still so much alike.
When will we find a way
to reduce the gap between us?

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Distractions



Each of us, distracted,
on our way to other places, other tasks,
Might see that brief moment of connection 
As a reminder: the world is so much larger
Than we know or comprehend...


Friday, June 1, 2018

Rising to the light


... and that's the hope, isn't it --
that, whatever we encounter along the way,
we're always, always, rising to the light...

Thursday, May 31, 2018

A deep reservoir of calm


Peace be with you; may stillness float along 
the marrow of your bones and fill your veins,
building a deep reservoir of calm
to help you meet the challenges of the day to come.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Infinite resourcefulness


Everywhere we look, nature is showing us
her infinite resourcefulness.
When will we come to understand
the infinity of our own internal resources?

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Reflecting on our inner landscape


A little reflection is good for the soul --
Just to remind us 
which parts of our inner landscape 
Are straight, and which are a bit bent...

Monday, May 28, 2018

Space


Sometimes what we need more than anything is space.
Space to play. Space to make mistakes. 
Space to dream. Space to imagine.
Space to forgive, to release and let go...

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Transforming energy


Fear and anger are really the same energy:
one is channeled inward, the other directed out.
What if you found a way to convert that energy to fuel;
Transformed it into growth, creativity -- or love?

Saturday, May 26, 2018

To accumulate or to launch


It's wise, of course, to be prepared;
to have everything in readiness --
but at some point you'll need to take that final step,
to launch, and risk inundation...

Friday, May 25, 2018

A gem of illumination



Nestled deep in the tangle of the ordinary
There is always some small gem of illumination.
Keep looking. Find it. 
And let its beauty feed your soul.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Sometimes the heart must shatter


Can we look beyond those nasty cracks on the surface,
the way everything we know is falling apart,
to the new life pushing through below the changes?
Sometimes the heart must shatter to make room for love...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Love anyway


Inevitably, those we love will make choices 
we would not have made. Love them anyway -- 
and let those choices -- and your reactions --
illuminate the shadows in your own soul.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Inside looking out


There lives within us something 
that is inside, looking out
through a framework of experience and expectations...

Monday, May 21, 2018

A resonance of spirit



Stand here. Drink in
The water and the light,
And feel the echo deep within your soul:
Like calling to like: a resonance of spirit.


Sunday, May 20, 2018

The nature of things


You know you'll need to clear the table
before you can set it again for your next meal.
You know you'll need to cook before you can eat.
Why resist these natural progressions? Enjoy each phase,
remembering that each leads to the next...

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Blessings in uncertainty



Uncertainty holds within its tension
Potential, and possibility -- and hope.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Some lives in shadow


At any given moment,
some lives will be in shadow
while others live in light. 
Be patient; with time and the seasons
the balance is sure to change.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Generosity


Though we cannot end world hunger
we can still make time to feed one another.
And though we cannot bring world peace,
we can share what peace we can with those around us.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Dance into the light



Even though she's dying,
Cut from her roots and stuffed into a vase,
She spreads her fragile skirts in joy
And dances into light.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The stones in her path


Always remember: it's the stones in her path 
that lend depth to the river's song.

Monday, May 14, 2018

What bothers us?


It's an undeniable fact of human life: that little things, 
up close, have a way of looming large, and large things -- 
as long as they're at a distance -- seem to fade into the horizon. Which bothers you more: the small rock in your shoe, 
or the war that's fought two continents away?

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Mothering


Mothering is like making music:
Providing the bass and chords to allow
Another person's melody to shine...
Thank you to all the mothers, 
male and female, in my life!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Just lie here


I'm not sure what your plans are for the day,
but I think I'll just lie here and enjoy the flowers...

Friday, May 11, 2018

Still your heart


Still your heart, that your life may
more perfectly reflect
the beauty that surrounds you.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Through the dark places


The truth of the matter is this:
sometimes we have to go through some pretty dark places
to get to the other side. It's just a part of the journey.
Be patient with the darkness: this, too, will pass...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

A storehouse of hope


Nestled deep in the field of daily lives,
behind the shoulds and to-dos,
a storehouse of hope offers nourishment:
spend time there, and let it fuel your days and your dreams.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Exhaustion


The truth is -- sometimes even the angels 
grow tired and dispirited...

Monday, May 7, 2018

Golden lessons


I've asked the poppies to teach me
How to live right here, right now,
And trust that I'll have what I need
To bloom again tomorrow...

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Born to Dance


Our souls need light and nourishment;
the scent of possibility -- but all of that and more resides
deep within the chambers of our heart:
a bread that never stales, a guiding hand that never falters,
an arboreal wisdom that will carry us and marry us to light,
and a covenant that reminds us we are golden, we are loved,
and we were born to dance among the stars.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

The island within


Some part of each of us is an island --
grounded, steady, and true --
it's that from which we set out in the morning,
and that to which we return at the end of the day.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Simple beauty


Try not to be so focused
on the goal that lies ahead
that you miss the simple beauty
of the flowers that light your path...

Thursday, May 3, 2018

A memory of love


It matters not, how fiercely we protect and guard
the blooms of spring: eventually they'll fade,
their blossoms fall, and all we thought to save
will now be gone, and just a memory of love.