Prayers, Quotes

There Are Words In Us (Meditations for Writers) …

First, get settled. Breathe. Big, deep, full breaths, taken slowly. Clear your mind of words. Be wordless. Then, open your eyes and write whatever comes out of you, and keep writing without taking your hands from the paper or the keyboard for fifteen minutes. Don’t worry about punctuation or spelling. Just write. Every day. Fifteen… Continue reading There Are Words In Us (Meditations for Writers) …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Meditation: Home …

A home is not simply a building; it is the shelter around the intimacy of a life. Coming in from the outside world and its rasp of force and usage, you relax and allow yourself to be who you are. The inner walls of a home are threaded with the textures of one's soul, a… Continue reading Advent Meditation: Home …

Quotes, Seasons

Welcome Home …

I could not be a poet without the natural world. Someone else could. But not me. For me the door to the woods is the door to the temple. — Mary Oliver from Upstream Welcome Home Alone in the alien, snow-blown woods, moving hard to stay warm in zero weather, I stop on a rise… Continue reading Welcome Home …

Days In The Desert, Quotes

Desert Day 43: On Coming Home …

In the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32), there are two sons: the younger son, who runs away from home to an alien country, and the older son, who stays home to do his duty.  The younger son dissipates himself with alcohol and sex; the older son alienates himself by working hard and dutifully… Continue reading Desert Day 43: On Coming Home …

Poems

No One Leaves Home Unless …

no one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark you only run for the border when you see the whole city running as well your neighbors running faster than you breath bloody in their throats the boy you went to school with who kissed you dizzy behind the old tin factory is… Continue reading No One Leaves Home Unless …

Days of Advent, Prayers, Seasons

Advent Day 14: Comfort and Joy …

They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. One nation shall not raise the sword against another nation; nor shall they train for war again. — Isaiah 2:4 While external clutter is rather easily cured with a big waste basket and a donation bag, internal clutter is a more difficult… Continue reading Advent Day 14: Comfort and Joy …

Prayers, Seasons

For Those Who Have Far to Travel (A Blessing for Epiphany) …

If you could see the journey whole, you might never undertake it, might never dare the first step that propels you from the place you have known toward the place you know not. Call it one of the mercies of the road: that we see it only by stages as it opens before us, as… Continue reading For Those Who Have Far to Travel (A Blessing for Epiphany) …

Prayers

Blessing the Threshold …

This blessing has been waiting for you for a long time. While you have been making your way here this blessing has been gathering itself making ready biding its time praying. This blessing has been polishing the door oiling the hinges sweeping the steps lighting candles in the windows. This blessing has been setting the… Continue reading Blessing the Threshold …

Poems, Quotes

Every Human Is An Artist. The Dream Of Your Life Is To Make Beautiful Art …

All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness. The mind then gives form to the creative impulse or insight. Even the great scientists have reported that their creative breakthroughs came at a time of mental quietude. — Eckhart Tolle from The Power of Now: A Guide… Continue reading Every Human Is An Artist. The Dream Of Your Life Is To Make Beautiful Art …