Tuesday, October 21, 2014

For My Young Friends Who Are Afraid

There is a country to cross you will
find in the corner of your eye, in
the quick slip of your foot - air far
down, a snap that might have caught.
And maybe for you, for me, a high, passing
voice that finds its way by being
afraid. That country is there, for us,
carried as it is crossed. What you fear
will not go away: it will take you into
yourself and bless you and keep you.
That’s the world, and we all live there.

~ William Stafford

Monday, October 20, 2014

Let Go

Oh the water lilies. See how they seem
to open wider out of their own opening?

Let me unfold like that—without thinking,
without assuming I’m already open enough.

Do not let me close up, all stiff and stoic,
like a walnut that will not crack.

Don’t let me become the one who groans
when someone else starts to rhapsodize

about the fragrant wisteria in spring.
Why is being hardened a respectable, desirable thing?

Let me be soft. Let me always sigh as I bite
into ripe watermelon, juice spilling in runnels

of pink down my chin, down my neck.
Let someone else stand beside the waterfall

and explain how its negative ions work,
and let me be the one getting drenched

and falling in love with the sheen on the rocks.
Let me not leave my signature like the woodpecker,

but let me chant endlessly on summer nights
in the way that the whippoorwill does.

And why not? Why not praise the slender-bodied weasels
who turn white then honest brown?

Both colors are equally lovely. Why not enthuse
over the bulky walrus that has adapted to stay warm?

Oh let me be warm and give that warmth back to the world.
It’s so easy to turn cold, to poke fun, to accuse, to be cool.

Let me be a fool. Let my thoughts of how the world should be
jump away like a mob of wallabies. Let me not find pleasure

in making things small or putting others down
or rolling my eyes or criticizing. Let me be silly.

And gushing with praise for whatever
is the nearest thing I see—

a twig in the rain, a rock on the trail,
a red leaf that has already let go.

~ Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

Friday, October 17, 2014


We carry inside us the wonders we seek outside us.

~ Sir Thomas Browne

Thursday, October 16, 2014


In the beginning (in the beginning of time to say

the least) there were the compasses: whirling in

void their feet traced out beginnings and endings,

beginning and end in a single line. Wisdom danced

also in circles for these were her kingdom: the sun

spun, worlds whirled, the seasons came round, and

all things went their rounds: but in the beginning,

beginning and end were in one.

And in the beginning was love. Love made a sphere:

all things grew within it; the sphere then encompassed

beginnings and endings, beginning and end. Love

had a compass whose whirling dance traced out a

sphere of love in the void: in the center thereof

rose a fountain.

~ Robert Lax

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Everywhere and Forever

May you be steadied and supported 
by the earth beneath your feet.

May you be nourished and energized 
by the fires of life within.

May you be healed and opened 
by the rivers of life that pour through.

May you be held and illuminated 
by the light that shines everywhere and forever.

~ C.C.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


I have been listening to the hymns of creation,
Enchanted by the verses,
Yet still I am curious.

What is this delight-filled universe
into which we find ourselves born?
What is this msterious awareness
Shimmering everywhere within it?

~ Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, 
    translated by Lorin Roche

Monday, October 13, 2014


The primary focus of this path of choosing wisely, of this training to de-escalate aggression, is learning to stay present. Pausing very briefly, frequently throughout the day, is an almost effortless way to do this. For just a few seconds we can be right here. Meditation is another way to train in learning to stay, or, as one student put it more accurately, learning to come back, to return to being present over and over again...

Sometimes my mind is busy. Sometimes it’s still. Sometimes the energy is agitated. Sometimes calm. All kinds of things happen when we meditate—everything from thoughts to shortness of breath to visual images, from physical discomfort to mental distress to peak experiences. All of that happens, and the basic attitude is, “No big deal.” The key point is that, through it all, we train in being open and receptive to whatever arises.

~ Pema Chodron