Friday, November 28, 2014

Still


A thousand secrets are hidden in simply sitting still.

~ Karl Durckheim

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Secret Ingredient

It’s never what we do that matters, but rather, how we do it. The secret ingredient isn’t ambition, but love. We make a gift of our lives, of ourselves, in simple ways – by being kind, by being compassionate, by paying attention, by being useful in whatever way we can, wherever we happen to be, in whatever time we have.

~ Katrina Kenison

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Prayer for Joy


What was it we wanted
to say anyhow, like today
when there were all the letters
in my alphabet soup and suddenly
the ‘j’ rises to the surface.
The ‘j’, a letter that might be
great for Scrabble, but not really
used for much else, unless
we need to jump for joy,
and then all of a sudden
it’s there and ready to
help us soar and to open up
our hearts at the same time,
this simple line with a curved bottom,
an upside down cane that helps
us walk in a new way into this
forest of language, where all the letters
are beginning to speak,
finding each other in just
the right combination
to be understood.

~ Stuart Kestenbaum

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Owl Poem


One has to say this for the rounds of life
     that keep coming and going; it has worked so far.
The rabbit, after all, has never asked if the grass
     wanted to live.
Any more than the owl consults with the rabbit.

Acceptance of the world requires
     that I bow even to you,
Master of the night.

~ Mary Oliver

Monday, November 24, 2014

Always Home


My sails are full and
the one thing I'm sure of
is that letting go will
bring the best result.
Maps and plans are like 
so much spray from
breaking waves,
while allowing the
journey to unfold in
its own wild way
will always bring
me home.

~ Danna Faulds

Friday, November 21, 2014

Awake


Awake, my dear.
Be kind to your sleeping heart.
Take it out into the vast fields of light
And let it breathe.

~ Hafiz

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mind

All experience is preceded by mind,
Led by mind, Made by mind.
Speak or act with a peaceful mind 
And happiness follows,
Like a never-departing shadow.

~ Buddha