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 

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?

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Scent of the light

Something about the scent of the light —
Of future, and possibility —
Keeps us moving forward even when
The path seems increasingly unclear.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Sail bravely

Sail bravely past the islands of 
If Only and I Could Have,
And steer forth into the bright sea of I Will.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Our common humanity

It is in delving into and exploring
That which makes us unique, different, lonely,
That we discover the common humanity
That lies at the root of diversity.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Time to move on

If you’ve been spending your time in a place
Where nothing you do is ever enough,
It may at last be time to move on...

Saturday, January 4, 2020

The Now beneath my feet

Staring down the corridor of months
And wondering what the new year will bring:
What complexities? What confusion?
What sadness, and what joy?
Time to remove my shoes
And feel the Now beneath my feet...

Friday, January 3, 2020

This bright path

While walking this bright path
between two dark eternities --
before, and after --
what will we find?
What joys, what obstacles encounter on the way?

Thursday, January 2, 2020

For those longing for more

It seems, however comfortable we are,
There will always be those of us
Who long for more.
The secret to a happy life
is learning to appreciate
The blessings of the Now.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Await the winds of change

In meditation we wait, like seeds,
drawing sustenance from the stillness and the dark,
For the new day to begin,
For the winds of change to fill our sails
And call us out of safety,
Out of thought and reminiscence into action...