Saturday, June 19


Oh my! 1967 – the first poem of mine ever to be published; Yikes! 17 years old

Grace, heart, Joy
I was definitely the product you'd expect from the odd and awkward situation in which I grew up and surely I showed little talent, no free thinking and no genius or particular promise. The poem is not good - some youth write profoundly beautiful and wise poetry and young people today are far more savvy than I ever was  -  but it does illustrate that after fifty years or so writing will improve. We writers often have our doubts, but we are an unrelenting bunch. We write, write, write. We enrich, reform and reframe as if every word of ours will spark more Light in the collective unconscious, which I rather think they do. Make of Me a Tree I am young, Lord, but my heart is true, Make of me a tree Make me strong and supple That when tempests blow, I shall stand unyielding. Let ...
Mindful Monday: Your Good Heart

Mindful Monday: Your Good Heart

Buddhism, heart, mindfulness, nonviolence, peace
"The practice of mindfulness unveils and reveals your essential Good Heart, because it dissolves and removes the unkindness or the harm in you. Only when you have removed the harm in yourself do you become truly useful to others. Through the practice, by slowly removing the unkindness and harm from yourself, you allow your true Good Heart, the fundamental goodness and kindness that are your real nature, to shine out and become the warm climate in which your true being flowers. This is why I call meditation the true practice of peace, the true practice of nonaggression and nonviolence, and the real and greatest disarmament." -- Sogyal Rinpoche from Glimpse of the Day How are you cultivating your Good Heart? ... for Mindful Monday Photo credit: "Hold on My Heart," Mick C, 2011.
To Love is to be like God – Prayerful Tuesday

To Love is to be like God – Prayerful Tuesday

Blessings, comforter, Compassion, Creation, faithfulness, Friendship, Gratitude, Healing, heart, Hope, image of God, Joy, justice, Love, Poetry, prayer, Quran, Rumi, spiritual practice, Uncategorized
“And of His Signs is that He created mates for you from yourselves that you might find peace of mind in them, and He put between you love and compassion al-Qur'an 30.21 With one silent laugh You tilted the night And the garden ran with stars. - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi To love someone, especially someone who doesn’t expect you to love them, may be the most important of the spiritual practices.  Love is a grace of God given freely to all and as Oscar Hammerstein wrote “Love in your heart isn’t put there to stay. Love isn’t love till you give it away.” God put love in our hearts to be shared with all creation, not just humanity but animals, flowers, and yes, even rocks.  To truly love is as close as we get to being the image of God. This week share your love with a family mem...