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AUGUST 11, 2019

The Opposite of Love

  The opposite of love is not hate, but fear.   I have no idea who said that or when I heard it. Elie Wiesel said something similar but ended his quote with “indifference” instead of “fear.” Indifference leads to...

AUGUST 4, 2019

Summer Song

stillness— piercing the rocks the sound of cicadas ~ Basho Matsuo   The bittersweet sound of the cicadas reminds me that summer is almost over. We joke that spring and fall are only a weekend long, but summer is always...

JULY 28, 2019

Summer Relaxation

  on the patio the afternoon drifts along with the butterfly ~Patricia Machmiller   My husband and I just spent almost two weeks watching our grandchildren. It was exciting and exhausting. We kept them entertained and fed, gave baths

JULY 21, 2019

An Honor Badge

  May this day, this predicted week of moist jungle air be for you an honor badge in loving what is. May you pause in your day, move slowly as this heat requests and notice how capable you are, how...

JULY 14, 2019

Abundance

Such love does the sky now pour, that whenever I stand in a field, I have to wring out the light when I get home. ~ St. Francis of Assisi   I have so much energy when the sun is...

JULY 7, 2019

Getting Results

…do not depend on the hope of results. …you may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect. As you...

JUNE 30, 2019

Weeds

A week away from the garden, rain and sun in my absence grow a jungle of weeds, a veritable lawn of grass in and amongst the planted ones.  I can only stand back and marvel at what sun and rain...

JUNE 23, 2019

Smile 🙂

“I’m walking to the bridge,” begins a Golden Gate Bridge suicide note. “If one person smiles at me on the way, I will not jump.” ~cited by Thomas Joiner, author of Why People Die by Suicide   I believe our...

JUNE 16, 2019

Culture

We shape ourselves to fit this world and by this world are shaped again. The visible and the invisible  working together in common cause, to produce the miraculous. From Working Together by David Whyte   I am molded by the...

JUNE 9, 2019

Messages from the Universe

a small dew droplet sits atop a bright green leaf morning air is a gift ~ T. Iverson I love going out in my garden in the morning when everything is so fresh and inviting. I feel hopeful when I...

JUNE 2, 2019

Spark Joy

In the Navajo tradition, a child’s birthday is a celebration of the first time that child laughs.  At that moment, the Navajo believe, the child’s soul attaches to the body. ~Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin   I love the idea...

MAY 19, 2019

Live a Larger Life

Be reckless when it comes to affairs of the heart. …Fall madly in love with life! Be passionate about some part of the natural and/or human worlds, and take risks on its behalf, no matter how vulnerable they make you....

MAY 12, 2019

A Good Shake

shaking the packet of seeds asking, are you still alive? ~ Kiyoko Tokutomi   I planted my spring vegetable seeds the other week and anxiously waited for them to show signs of life. Alas! None of them have sprouted, so I...

MAY 5, 2019

Perspectives

Holding the water, held by it— the dark mud. ~William J. Higginson   Is it the soil that holds the water to create mud or the water that holds the soil? Either way, it’s mud. This haiku helps me remember...

APRIL 28, 2019

Thinking of Myself

Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less. ~C.S. Lewis   Humility is related to being comfortable with who you are, and aware of your strengths and weaknesses. It’s obvious when someone thinks that they

APRIL 21, 2019

Visiting or Experiencing?

When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder if I have made of my life something particular, and real. I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened, or full of argument. I don’t want to end up simply having...

APRIL 14, 2019

Jump!

“A bit of advice given to a young Native American at the time of his initiation: As you go the way of life, you will see a great chasm. Jump. It is not as wide as you think.”  Joseph Campbell...

APRIL 7, 2019

Just Do It

Start close in, don’t take the second step or the third, start with the first thing close in, the step you don’t want to take. ~from Start Close In by David Whyte     Sometimes I need to remind myself...

MARCH 31, 2019

Simplicity

this spring in my hut there is nothing there is everything ~SodoYamaguchi   My parents moved to a smaller house this winter and it was a very difficult process for them to go through their belongings. It inspired me and...

MARCH 24, 2019

The Cycle of Change

Everything changes in this world but flowers will open each spring       just as usual.  ~Japanese folk saying   Change is a sign of life. Everything changes because everything that lives, grows and is affected by the world...

MARCH 17, 2019

An Irish Blessing

May you take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek no attention. May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder. ~ from For Presence by John O’Donohue   Poets always remind us that...

MARCH 10, 2019

How to Live

Let us live deep enough till there is only one direction… and slow enough till there is only the beginning of time… and loud enough in our hearts till there is no need to speak… ~ from Earth Prayer by Mark Nepo...

MARCH 3, 2019

Looking Back to the Present

  Let me tell you this: someone in some future time will think of us ~ Sappho as translated by Mary Barnard   This fragment of a poem by Sappho, a female poet from 600 BC, is just as applicable in...

FEBRUARY 24, 2019

Offering More

At the end of the road, I will not be asking about outcomes. I’ll be asking if I was faithful to my gifts, to the needs I saw around me, to the ways in which my gifts might meet those...

FEBRUARY 17, 2019

Finding and Using Your Gift

  The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. ~ Pablo Picasso We all have a mission in life. That mission is to use our gifts to make the world...

FEBRUARY 10, 2019

A Metta Meditation

  May I be free of inner and outer harm. May my physical body be healthy and strong. May my heart be filled with joy and peace. May my days unfold with ease.   There are many versions of the...

FEBRUARY 3, 2019

Life Instructions

Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. ~Mary Oliver from Sometimes   The inspirational poet Mary Oliver died recently. She was one of my favorite poets because her work was so accessible. In this stanza...

JANUARY 27, 2019

At the Edge of Comfort

  There is beauty and sensuality in deep cold, but there is not much comfort to be found outside. And so we venture in as well as out  because that is where life is meeting us… at the edge of...

JANUARY 20, 2019

What Matters

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.   We all want to fit in. And we’re willing to sacrifice certain things in order to do that. We don’t speak...

JANUARY 13, 2019

To Glisten

  To glisten: To be present with others in ways that help them shine into their deepest color, purpose and wisdom. ~John Paul Lederach   Each of us has a mission in life. That mission is to use our gifts...

JANUARY 6, 2019

Our Embodied Experience

“The goal is to be relaxed without being slack, and alive and extended without being stiff. This gives us a sense of firmness and weight, and we feel ourselves properly balanced in space. There’s a sense of solidity without being...

DECEMBER 30, 2018

Getting to a better you

  “Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.” ~Rumi What do you need to leave behind in 2018? What needs to go so that you have the space to grow something new? Many of us drag outdated...

DECEMBER 23, 2018

Keeping the Peace

  Peace doesn’t mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart. ~anonymous   Some of you...

DECEMBER 16, 2018

Seeing what is

ah, in the corner look again— winter chrysanthemum, red Teijo Nakamura Perhaps you’ve been given a poinsettia or amaryllis for the holidays. At first, you may enjoy looking at it, maybe even going out of your way to admire it....

DECEMBER 9, 2018

Namaste

“Namaste” means “the light within me bows to and honors the light within you.” It’s easy to say, but do you truly believe it? The first part is believing that you have “light” within you. That there is something wonderful...

DECEMBER 2, 2018

The Blessing of Yoga

The yoga sutras are 196 sayings about yoga written before 400 CE by the sage Patanjali. They are considered the “yoga Bible” and an authoritative text. The first sutra is “Atha yoganusasanum,” which is usually translated as “And now the...