“I hope you will go out and let stories, that is life, happen to you, and that you will work with these stories from your life–not someone else’s life–water them with your blood and tears and your laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom. That is the work. The only work.” ~ Clarissa … More ‘Manifesto of Dedicated Devotion’
“Of course I’ll hurt you. Of course you’ll hurt me. Of course we will hurt each other. But this is the very condition of existence. To become spring, means accepting the risk of winter. To become presence, means accepting the risk of absence.” — Antoine de Saint Exupéry – The Little Prince Weep. Wail. Kvetch. Dance … More Becoming Human
Beautiful Child. There’s something surprising and cathartic about sifting through all my old papers, photos, diaries, and books. At this point, I have much less attachment to them, so I view them through a lens of ‘do I need this?’ or ‘do I love this?’ As I’ve started a big cull, anticipating a move to … More You Are Beautiful In Every Single Way
“When your demons come, offer them a piece of cake.” ~ Buddhist saying Resistance is Futile. Why offer ‘cake’ to your darkness? Because even the darkness — at its most vulnerable center — is in need of love. If we love our darkness (instead of resisting it), we can integrate the lessons it comes to … More Sweet Darkness
For my Mother Day 25: A – Z Challenge “The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.” ― Robert Frost Remember Your Sense of Wonder. As I get older, it gets more difficult to match how I feel on the inside with how I look on the outside. There’s an aspect of child-like wonder that directs … More Young at Heart
How can we risk it? How can we show our soft underbelly in a world that is full of predators and serial killers and wife beaters and bullies? How can we risk being seen, when even those closest to us might decide one day to call it off, to walk off with a waitress, to … More Vulnerable & On the Verge
Day 17: A – Z Challenge: “I define poetry as celebration and confrontation. When we witness something, are we responsible for what we witness? That’s an on-going existential question. Perhaps we are and perhaps there’s a kind of daring, a kind of necessary energetic questioning. Because often I say it’s not what we know, it’s … More Question; Question Everything
In memory of Edgar Berry – wonder-cat and truly beautiful soul. July 1, 2004 – March 23, 2016 We are Starlight; We are Golden. “When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.”― Ralph Waldo Emerson Modern life tends to block our ability to recognize we are mere specks in a massive, endless universe. We … More Orion: That’s Where You’ll Be.
Day 14: A – Z Challenge Rise, Phoenix. Rise. “There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.”~ Aldous Huxley One of the things that nearly 30 years of Buddhist practice has taught me is the value of resilience. Keep trying. Start again. Rethink your … More Never, Never, Never Give Up
Women don’t need to sit at the head of the table surrounded by only other women. We simply need to be allowed to pull up a chair and sit with the men who are already there. At the big table. Not the kiddie table. Not the card table in another room. … More Maiden, Mother, Crone: Women Changing The World.