Friday, January 18, 2019

Mary Oliver

Sigh. Mary Oliver is gone.
Even the animals are feeling it —
“The fires
and the black river of loss...”

Thursday, January 17, 2019


At the end of the day I ask myself:
Was I true to myself? Was I honest?
Did peace and acceptance flow through me
and out into the world? And if not —
Can I forgive myself and resolve to try again?

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Yes or no?

Do yourself a favor: don’t say yes
When you really want to say no.
Those inadvertent yes’s can cast
Incredibly long shadows...
(and don't say no when you really want to say yes!)

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Wisdom in your dreams

Listen for the wisdom in your dreams:
They may illuminate the path
to a brighter, lighter, more colorful future.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Glow anyway

Life can get messy and complicated:
Glow anyway. Do your best, and try to stay
connected to that which feeds you.
Some days the only reward for breathing is air.

Sunday, January 13, 2019


What light you see in me is but a wobbly reflection
of the One True Light, just as
the faults we see in others serve as mirrors
for the faults we can’t acknowledge in ourselves.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Infinite resourcefulness

Look around you, at all the different ways
of being in the world — each so fascinating;
each so complex. The infinite resourcefulness
of all this creativity is astounding — and humbling...

Friday, January 11, 2019

Be presence; be love

Reading about presence isn’t enough.
All the books in the world won’t help:
We need to BE presence.
Don’t just read about love. BE Love!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Conflicting instructions

If I am okay, just as I am, and enough —
Why keep trying to better myself?
So many conflicting instructions —
I think my head will explode!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Celebrate what's now

I don’t know what Heaven’s like —
if it’s structured or amorphous —
so rather than anticipate, I’ll find a way
to celebrate what’s here, and real, and now...

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Beneath the barren

With time, I’m learning to trust
That whenever some parts of my life
Feel barren; stripped to the core;
Beneath and behind there still exists
A rich and colorful potential.

Monday, January 7, 2019

What if?

What if God were the molten energy at earth's center,
and gravity were the strings that keep us grounded?
Or are all of us like balloons, bobbing in the wind,
our ribbons tied together, clasped in a divine hand?

Sunday, January 6, 2019


Wishing you a peaceful, quiet day,
calm waters, close friends, and a safe place
to rest and restore your energy.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

The sorrow of the ordinary

When will we learn to appreciate
the beauty in the ordinary?
Perhaps when we stop feeling we need to hide
those parts of ourselves that keep us
from being ordinary...

Friday, January 4, 2019

Waiting like trees

And now, as the new year begins,
we wait quietly like the tree,
gathering strength for the blooms to come.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

The still point of connection

There is, residing deep within, a still point of connection
to all creation and divinity,
from which our peace, our generosity,
and creativity flow forth.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

What to take, and what to leave behind...

The road ahead is marked with dark and light:
You may well need to take some new things on
While leaving other habits or hopes behind
In order to pass safely through the shadows.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Choose what you allow to root and grow

Reach out and touch the earth. What is it that you see — 
the old year dying, or a new year being born? 
Each moment birth and death are intertwined, 
and you may choose what you allow to root and grow.