“When you feel peaceful joy, that is when you are near truth” ~rumi I smiled when a friend used this phrase in an email recently,“When I grew out of…” It reminded me that, even after the age of 50, we do grow out of things. It let me know that whatever I am going through right […]
APRIL’S FOOL – and Every Other Month for that Matter!
“The words you speak become the house you live in.” ~Hafiz It happened again. I felt really small again and all my accomplishments-to-date were negated by my judgemental mind. I cannot tell you how it started. All I know is one minute I was having a great day then I felt it melt away. It […]
A Daily Practice
“Fish live in streams Birds nest in trees Human beings dwell In warm hearts.” ~Japanese folk Zen saying Keeping my heart open is the plan for the day. It is the plan for everyday. It is a mantra, a philosophy, a way of life. Keeping my heart open allows all my periodic fears to be […]
My Ego – Not Yours! Mine. Mine. Mine.
I sent my ego to the “timeout chair” this morning. I am sitting here smiling imagining this silly and sweet happenstance. What would my ego look like if I could see it? Is it a smaller version of myself? It seems to be an innocent who does not know any better, but is not me as […]
Good Words Found
Love is a sacrament. Beauty is a sacrament. Peace is a sacrament. Creativity is a sacrament. These things course through us just as surely as our blood. These are our sacred bonds with the divine and with each other: they are sacraments administered by the divine through the human. By manifesting these divine energies, we […]
Thinking About Contemplation
I am struck by the difference in the participants when one contemplates verses when one meditates. It seems to me meditation requires joyous wide and vast emptiness and contemplation joyously lets in all comers. Both allow for emergence of higher understanding. Both require an acknowledgement of an inner life and willingness to see. I am […]
Emotions are like Black & White Cookies
Have you ever had a Black and White cookie? It is the official baked good of Manhattan and perhaps some places in New Jersey as well. It is a soft cake-like cookie the size of a newborn’s head. On top it is iced with both a chocolate and vanilla icing and has a striking hard […]
Tell Me Everything will be OK
A deer chose my house this week. He found a soft pile of leaves on the protected side of the yard, a refuge in the tightly bound space between two fences and my house. There was a complete break. I saw the bone to his back left hoof jutting out from his leg. The pain […]