Sunday, June 30, 2019

Accept with grace

May each of us find the patience today
To accept with grace whatever this moment brings...

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Rest in the fullness

We are all so quick to judge, to claim to know and say
What’s real, and what is not; What’s true, and what is not;
What belongs, and what does not;
What has value, and what does not...
When will we cease to categorize
and rest instead in the fullness of what is?

Friday, June 28, 2019

Singing at your feet

Whether your focus today
is on the distance you’ll need to travel,
the path you need to find again,
or the darkness that lies before you,
I hope you’ll find a moment or two
to listen to the tiny daisies singing at your feet...

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Dive in!

Perhaps today is the day you’ll choose
to stop standing on the sidelines.
Maybe today you’ll finally dive in —
Not just get your feet wet,
but splash around a bit; find your balance;
Take a risk and discover
some new talent or pleasure;
Make a few ripples of your own!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Share your gifts

Each of us has been given unique gifts 
for sharing with the world.
Our job is to help one another uncover those gifts,
and then offer them back with humble gratitude 
for having been the vessel for so much joy.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Serendipity of the unpredictable

For those of us who need things to be just so;
For those of us who need to be in control;
Chaos and uncertainty, change and the unexpected
can feel threatening, and we are tempted to shut down.
When will we learn to open our hearts
to the serendipity of the unpredictable;
to the color, the beauty, the vibrancy of possibility
that can arise when we find ourselves beset by the unforeseen?

Monday, June 24, 2019

Fish out of water

Feeling like a fish out of water?
Sometimes we have to step out of our comfort zones
in order to accomplish a larger objective.
Think of yourself as joining the ranks of heroes:
All those through history who’ve set aside their own concerns 
on behalf of the greater good...

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Traveling together

We are, in the end, all travelers together,
following the road from birth to death.
Don’t be afraid to ask for directions along the way;
There’s so much we can learn from one another!

Friday, June 21, 2019

When petals fall away

What claim to beauty will we have when all our petals fall away?
What courage will it take to hold our faces to the sun
When all we’ve done and been and are is so exposed?

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Breathe it in

Breathe it in; breathe it all in —
the mountains, sea, and sky;
the way white edges of the clouds find an echo
in the snow, and in the whitecaps of the sea...

Breathe, and feel those echoes in your soul:
always shifting, ever new; like pain, and joy,
here for a moment, gone, only to return again 
in some new form; bright silhouettes 
against the changeless background of your being...

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The chasm of indifference

Some days, when I watch or hear the news,
I feel as if those of us who still have hope,
who still believe, who still imagine
the world could grow to become a better, kinder place
are living in a dream, an imaginary illusion,
suspended over a vast chasm of indifference...

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Don't be afraid to dream

Don’t be afraid to dream:
The world’s still rich with possibility.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Pleasure in diversity

Think how much pleasure we derive
from the diversity of colors, scents,
and textures in our gardens.
How can we not imagine, then,
that divine creation also delights
in humanity’s diversity?
And when, pray tell, will we learn to do the same?

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Time to lay your armor down

When you get the urge to run away,
perhaps it’s time to turn and face it.
When you get the urge to brace against,
it may be time to lay your armor down...

Saturday, June 15, 2019

The fragrance of new beginnings

Today let us join with the flowers
in their exuberant song of gratitude
for life, for light, for sunshine and rain,
and the fragrance of new beginnings.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Guide us safely home

Though the sky is dark with impending storms,
we nonetheless press on,
trusting that everything that brought us to this point
will also serve to guide us safely home...

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Make time to play

Sometimes it’s good to just give yourself
permission to play, not worrying about results.
Make time today to refresh your soul:
Rejoice in the colors and scents,
sights, sounds, movements and textures
that fill your heart with joy.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Message in a peony

Who, in the presence of this abundance and complexity —
the consummate artistry — of a peony,
could imagine the source of such divine creativity
to be anything less than playful, exuberant,
fearless, joyful, and overflowing with love
for all of creation?

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

When fear looms...

At the start of every new adventure
there are fears that loom.
Let those that have merit help you prepare;
For all the rest, just smile and walk on by.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Jumping to conclusions

Tell me: which is it you’re doing:
Jumping to conclusions?
Or running from the truth?
Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference...

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Ephemeral, Immutable

What is fragile in your life?
What is enduring?
Do we not need both?
Treasure those fleeting, ephemeral moments,
but rejoice also in that which is timeless and immutable...

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Promise in the fog

Years of living on the coast have taught me:
those mornings, when the fog is at its thickest,
masking completely whatever lies ahead —
those are the days the sun works her hardest
to burn away the fog;
the days most likely to end in a glorious blaze of light.

Friday, June 7, 2019

This moment is enough

At some point, we need to say, “This moment is enough.
What we have is enough. You are enough. I am enough.
Everything that is, is enough.”
Rest in the glory of what is, here and now,
instead of always hungering,
waiting for and wanting something more.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

In gratitude for fellow travelers

Let us revel today in the joy of connection:
feeling grateful, today and every day,
for all the fellow travelers in my life...

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Welcome the unexpected

It is the gardener who designates
which is the flower and which the weed.
Just because a thought or behavior
is common, or ordinary,
or was not expressly planted or invited,
doesn’t mean it adds no value.
Don’t be afraid to welcome the unexpected.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

This too shall pass

We’ve all been there, those desert places,
when the wells that used to feed us have dried up.
Be kind to yourself. Adjust your style;
find inventive ways to shelter
from the heat of unmet expectations.
Hunker down, and trust: this, too, shall pass...

Monday, June 3, 2019

For all who wait

Today I pray for patience
for all those who wait.
Whatever it is you’re waiting for,
may the time you spend in that liminal space
between what is and what will be
be used wisely and prove fruitful...

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Adding color to life

However noxious the weeds may be,
they nonetheless add to the beauty of the hillside.
Like troublesome people and challenges,
when you get a little distance
you’ll see they add color to life...

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Shadow and light

In stillness and reflection
we come to understand
that wherever there is light,
we will inevitably find shadows,
but wherever there are shadows
we know there must also be light.