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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...