Thursday, February 27, 2020

The well of joy


Planted deep within each heart
There lives a well of joy:
Tap into it, and let the waves
Of light and love wash over you
And fill you with delight.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

As Lent begins


And so it begins again —
The blossoming, the bloom, the fruit,
The loss, the letting go;
Pink flowers that soon blanket the earth
With tears...
And what shall I take on or release?
What discipline will best inspire
Growth, and what direction am I called to pursue?

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The music of Spring


Spring, and the laughing daffodils
Leap out from behind the rock,
Dancing and waving their golden trumpets
In a symphony of delight.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Retreat may not be the answer


Always battling within us,
The madman and the saint;
Driving us further and further away,
Convincing us we are damaged, and struggle alone,
When the only true cure 
is not the isolation we choose,
But rather the sense of connection we shun.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Waiting with patience


There are days when all love asks of us
Is to wait with patience and breathe...

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Waiting for change


When the wait for change
Seems to go on forever
It’s easy to lose your head in harsh imaginings 
Of all the possible outcomes 
We’re unable to control;
Harder by far to lean into the present
And stay grounded...

Friday, February 21, 2020

Give voice to color


Don’t be afraid
To give voice to the colors inside you!

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Cocoon


We build them ourselves, these gray cocoons,
Where we might safely hide and grow new wings,
Spoon-feed each other color in the dark
Until the walls grow thin and the urge
To peck and scrape our way into the light
Becomes too strong and presses us
To leave, unfurl our wings, and fly away,
Leaving that safe gray life behind.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Pondering the lessons of the day


Make some time today to rest and ponder:
True wisdom is more likely to emerge
When we ruminate in silence
On the blessings and the lessons of the day.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Trust and stay the course


Though the winds of change have filled our sails,
I worry that the light is growing dim
And we’ve still miles to go before
We reach our destination.
When will I learn to trust
That where I am is where I’m meant to be;
To stay the course and revel in
The beauty that is Now?

Monday, February 17, 2020

There will always be light


However entangled our thoughts may become
In the concerns and tribulations of the world,
We need to remember that however dark
Things look, there is always some light.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Live a luminous life


Watching the dying tulip 
As her petals turn to flame
We feel an echo deep within:
A heart that aches to burn; with luck
That inner light glows brighter as we age,
Consuming muscle, leaving in its place
The luminous incandescence
Of a life well lived.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Divine beauty


Through the lacy ruff of trees,
The long white neck of the sea
Gleams bright against 
the dark gown of the clouds,
The shore an onyx necklace at her throat.
And seeing this, who could deny
Her beauty is divine?

Friday, February 14, 2020

In gratitude


Our hearts expand in gratitude 
for all who’ve sailed beside us on this journey,
The parents, teachers, citizens and friends
Who guide, support, and protect us
So that we might safely reach the farthest shore.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

With love as the wind in our sails


The mountains and the sea remind us:
Love is far more infinite than we imagine —
Higher, deeper, and more inclusive
Than one heart can comprehend.
With love as the the wind in our sails,
We can accomplish whatever we hope to achieve.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Showing the love


Love, like beauty,
comes in all shapes and guises,
But — however perfect or imperfect —
Always seems to make the day
A little brighter; a little sweeter.
How will you show the love today?

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Reflecting the light


What face do you present to the world?
Are you showing your true thoughts
Or just reflecting what surrounds you?
What honest response might you share today?
How might you best reflect back the light?

Monday, February 10, 2020

If you could tell the world


Imagine that for one brief moment 
You have center stage, 
and here’s your chance to tell the world 
one thing they need to hear.
What would it be? What would you say?

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Divine outreach


That spirit for which we hunger and reach out
Hungers for us, and reaches out in turn:
A Divine outpouring of love and light
Spilling over into the darkest of times and souls.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Welcome both rain and sun


All nature welcomes both rain and sun
With open arms; may we learn to do the same...

Friday, February 7, 2020

The tide will rise again


However disheartened we may be,
By the confusion, misinformation, and division,
We have to trust that the tide will rise again
And sweep it all away;
That trust and honesty will once again prevail.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

The long road ahead


The road ahead is long, our hope has dimmed,
The destination now obscured by fog,
And still we trust the silence and the path 
To lead us to the light for which we hunger.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Hold up the light


Some days you just gotta sit there
And take it all in. 
The arc of history bends where it will;
Our job is to keep finding the light
And holding it up so others may find
Their way through the dark...

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Look before leaping


When standing this close to the edge,
It’s important to stay very conscious
Of the ground beneath your feet.
However enchanted you may be
By your view of the distant future,
You’ll want to be sure that your next step
Is a well-thought-out leap
And not a crippling fall...

Monday, February 3, 2020

All is cherished in light


Rejoice in those days
When the sun comes out and reminds us 
That everyone and everything —
Even the humblest of structures and humans —
Is created, is worthy, is cherished in light.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Seeking balance


Like the tree that reaches out,
Hoping to touch and drink what lies beneath,
We long to find connection 
even as we struggle to remain
Upright and self-sufficient; not dependent:
The struggle that accompanies each relationship—
Even the one we share with the universal Divine.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Just beyond the clouds


Yes, there is a new beginning;
The sun has risen, a new dawn,
Waiting just beyond the clouds.
Relax: the wind will soon
Blow them all away.
Relax, breathe deep, and focus
On the waves of possibility.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Divine in disguise


The divine wears many disguises —
Learning to appreciate them all
Is the work of a lifetime...

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Outside the box


There’ll always be those days
When it seems that everyone else
Knows exactly where they fit
And where they’re supposed to be;
When you’re left outside, standing in the rain,
Wondering what’s next and where to go.
Try not to see yourself as lost,
But rather as escaped, and embarking 
on a fabulous new adventure.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

A shared abundance


The same spirit that enlivens us enlivens them:
So how can we begrudge them
The sharing of a few leaves;
A pause for refreshment on their journey?

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Equal exposure


What if all the shakeups in life
Are not to sort the good from the bad,
But rather to ensure
That everyone gets equal exposure
To the warmth of the sun?

Monday, January 27, 2020

Love is our response


Love is our response
To people and things that echo
Some capacity; some truth within ourselves,
And so, when we contemplate the sky,
And revel in its magnificence, its color,
The vastness it conveys, 
That becomes an opportunity to appreciate;
To acknowledge the magnificent vastness and color
That lies within us, at the heart of being.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Let your heart speak


Everyone you’ll ever meet 
Is secretly crying, “Love me!”
Why not let your eyes and heart
Spill out the words each person longs to hear?

Saturday, January 25, 2020

The grace that keeps us afloat


Conscious as we are
Of our own flaws and imperfections,
We forget to remember 
to be grateful for the grace
That brought us here, that keeps us afloat,
That guides us to each new destination
And helps us carry others to theirs.

Friday, January 24, 2020

The colors within


On these gray days we look within,
Discovering anew
That the Divine has clothed us in light
And filled our souls with color
With which we are charged to bless the world.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Our common quest


There are so many different ways 
to welcome the light.
Why argue about the proper stance?
It’s the willingness to maintain 
Our focus and attention 
On the coming of the light
That unites us in our common quest 
For truth, for unity, and compassion.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Be patient and trust



There will be days when your way is blocked;
When all your plans go up in smoke,
When precious opportunities are missed
For unexpected circumstances.
Instead of railing at your fate, sit back and trust:
This path is blocked because something big
Is making its way through;
Some greater benefit will bless the world,
And the time and space you give
Contributes to that blessing.
It may even be that this delay is to ensure
That you’re where you need to be
When you need to receive 
Your own particular blessing.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Reach out


Reach out, across the apparently
unbridgeable divide
That separates one island of thought
From another.
Perhaps, though you can’t get all the way,
The other side, encouraged by your efforts,
Might launch an invitation 
to meet in the middle...

Monday, January 20, 2020

Lift your heart


Lift your hearts to the mountain of joy;
Sing songs of praise to the sea and the sky
In gratitude for the beauty of this life.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Prepare the ground for new life


As the snow melts into puddles,
Replenishing the earth,
So our sadness and tears 
Prepare the ground 
For the new life that awaits us.
However far away it may seem at this moment,
Spring is waiting greenly in the wings.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Each of us a river bed


Each of us a river bed,
Over and through which life is flowing,
Broadening, deepening with the years,
And carrying grains, traces of being
Out into the world.

Friday, January 17, 2020

The truth that lies beneath


Chilled as we are by the incessant rain
Of incendiary posts, articles, and prognostications,
We find it increasingly difficult
To detect even the hazy outlines
Of the truth — whatever it may be —
That lies beneath.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Our true colors


Who I am, and who you are, and who he is —
Each totally unique and wonderful —
When will we release our need 
To be other than who we were born to be?
When will we relax 
And let our true selves greet the world 
in our own true colors?

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Divine has many masks


It would be a mistake to assume
That just because the roof is overgrown with ferns,
And the windows and doors are open,
That this simple hut cannot provide
A shelter from the storm;
That there could be no treasure hidden
In the confines of this space...
So, too, our assumptions regarding
Those we see who may appear
unkempt or vacant may well prove false.
The Divine has many masks.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Lies like a blanket of snow


Lies, like snow, reduce the world
To a melody in black and white —
Easy to sing, but harsh and cold;
Potentially deadening.
You’re in or you’re out, you’re right or you’re wrong,
You’re one of us or you’re not.
Truth, like Spring, has a broader range,
Alive with color, warmth, and possibility.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Divine shelter


Like a warm cabin in a snowy forest,
The divine spark within is always waiting 
to welcome our return;
A loving shelter in life’s storms...

Sunday, January 12, 2020

The song in your heart



There’s a song playing, deep in your heart.
Can you hear it? Close your eyes and listen
To the music of the soul. Let it sing to you
Of wholeness, and love, 
and the path you’re meant to follow 
Today.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Celebrate the blend


Life will always be a mix
Of dark and light, beauty and grit,
Old and new, colorful and confusing,
Sacred and.
Learn to appreciate and celebrate the blend.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Paddle toward your dreams


You have everything you need 
to make this journey,
And you know we’re more likely 
to regret what we didn’t do than what we did.
Untie yourself, shake loose from your moorings,
And begin paddling toward your dreams.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Appreciate the unexpected



I understand.
Your life has taken an unexpected detour;
This wasn’t the path you chose for yourself.
What if you were to take a moment 
and just appreciate the unexpected scenery?