Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Cherish the stillness

Welcome life's storms, however painful and disruptive:
they can take us to new places
where we'd never have thought to go.
But cherish these still moments,
and the reflections that they offer:
that focus brings stability 
to face the storms to come.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The root of all joy

The root of that surge of joy we feel
when we catch sight of someone we love 
is the sense of the heart's expanding
to work and hope for the goodness and joy
in some life other than our own.
Imagine how full our hearts would feel
if we could care that way for ALL beings!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Celebrating transitions

In the midst of packing up our home of 14 years, we took a break to sit on our back deck, enjoy a sip of wine, and drink in the sights and sounds of an evening by the sea.

It's hard to leave -- we knew that would be true.  And yet, there is this sense of anticipation; that the inevitable downsizing that comes with age and time and children grown might bring its own rewards; that having less and living in less might offer a certain freedom...

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Love is everywhere

When you look with a full heart,
the signs of love are everywhere,
even in the dirt beneath your feet...

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The search for contentment

So many of our choices are driven by a longing for contentment.
So many regrets stem from our fear
that our decisions might bring us less instead of more...
When will we learn that true contentment
comes not from without,
but from within?

Friday, April 24, 2015

Don't be afraid to glow

You bring your own unique light into the world.
Don't be afraid to glow!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The deep green silence of love

Come to the forest, my friend, and breathe:
Bask in the deep green silence of love.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Lifted into community

Learn to love and cultivate
those impulses that lift us
out of self into community.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Connection to the stars

What is it that you hunger for?
Now look beyond that longing to its root.
Seek the heart of all your craving
and you'll find that which connects you
to the stars.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Drink in the wonder

Feast your eyes;
drink in the wonder of creation...

Sunday, April 19, 2015

No separation

I can clearly see the way to climb to heaven,
but I've yet to find the magic words
that open up this gate. 
I'm only just beginning to understand
it has something to do with knowing
that it isn't really there; 
that the only separation between
what is and what could be
is that which we create in our own hearts.

Saturday, April 18, 2015


Some part of me -- the part that was born to sail --
is restless, stranded here upon the shore.
I watch the waves, and itch to go to sea,
but cannot bear to step outside 
my perfect little boat
and give it a push.

Friday, April 17, 2015

On leaving

Somehow, when we know we'll soon be leaving
that which we've loved so long,
it seems to glow with extra light:
the now against the darker sky
of all that lies ahead.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A narrow passage

 Right now, all I can see
is how narrow the passage is
between where I am and where I need to go.
Help me remember
how vast the opportunities will be
when I get to the other side.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Goodness of Now

Tangled up in choices? Worried about the future?
Let go of all your thoughts of either/or
and breathe into the oneness, 
the ever-present goodness,
of Now.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

What looms?

What looms on your horizon?
Is that sunset, or sunrise?
The dark and light hold promises of each;
only those aware of where they've been
and where they're going will know...

Monday, April 13, 2015

Something new in the ashes

"Sometimes with
the bones of the black
sticks left when the fire
has gone out
someone has written
something new
in the ashes of your life."

  -- David Whyte

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Signs of love

It's spring,
and everywhere we look 
we see signs of love...

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Focus on the light

A new day dawns, and responsibilities loom
like clouds on our horizon.
Let's honor them, and let them pass,
while never losing focus on the light.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Unity of purpose

Think how much more we could achieve
if we spent some time each day, 
not thinking of all we could achieve,
but striving for the unity of purpose that fuels accomplishment...

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The do-er's lament

The bills are paid, the beds are made, the tax receipts are filed.
The memo's written, I've fed the kitten, and still there is this wild
and stormy sense of fragmentation; of tasks undone,
and challenges unmet. Where is the calm and centered,
generous and gracious soul within?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Stop here

It's true: there may be obstacles ahead
and storms, brewing in the distance.
But you are here, and this is now:
just stop, and feel the sand beneath your toes.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Spread your wings and dance!

Even if you never leave the water,
there's nothing that says 
you can't spread your wings and dance!

Sunday, April 5, 2015


And so the year dawns new again:
Rejoice, I sing, Rejoice!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Blessed are the poor in spirit


You know that aching hunger born of loss.
Let it serve you as a rope,
and guide you forth to new and broader vistas.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Be the forest

Be the forest: 
let all that is broken and dying within you 
fall to the ground to nurture and nourish 
the new growth being born in you.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Reach out and touch

When the peace of your meditation or sleep's disturbed
by the worries and concerns that fill your day,
step out into the night and touch the moon:
let her silver serenity stream into your heart
and bring you rest.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The scent of blessing

Don't be afraid to bloom: even if no-one is watching,
your fragile beauty fills the air with the scent of blessing.