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) …

Poems, Quotes

The Voice Of Your Own Soul …

Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work. — Adrienne Rich from On Lies, Secrets, and Silence When you take the time to draw on your listening-imagination, you will begin… Continue reading The Voice Of Your Own Soul …

Quotes

Anger Is a Woman …

Anger is a woman who has learned that pleasantness is not the way to peacefulness, that silence is not the way to strength. Anger is a woman who has learned to breathe from her belly; who waits at your door, bringing you offerings; who knows your true name and gives it back to you. She… Continue reading Anger Is a Woman …

Interreligious, Quotes

Silence Is A Prayer of Listening …

The prayer of silence is a prayer of listening, waiting, and receptivity. It calls for gentle attentiveness. Those concerned with productivity might see it as the kind of prayer in which 'nothing happens,' but it is really the prayer of being rather than doing in which everything happens. For God alone our soul in silence… Continue reading Silence Is A Prayer of Listening …

Prayers

Prayer For Myself …

You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. — Siddhārtha Gautama Lord, I am guilty of neglect.… Continue reading Prayer For Myself …

Poems

Praying …

Sometimes it feels like Jimmy Durante calling goodnight to Mrs Calabash, whoever she was or whether. Sometimes it's the tenth hour in the trans-Pacific plane, all glamour gone and connections still to make. and it's been known to turn dirty, as if a cutter, back from the peat-hag, found his ass's pannier loaded with nothing.… Continue reading Praying …

Prayers

Prayer For Inner Peace And Calm …

Dear Lord and Father of mankind, Forgive our foolish ways; Reclothe us in our rightful mind, In purer lives Thy service find, In deeper reverence, praise. Drop Thy still dews of quietness, Till all our strivings cease; Take from our souls the strain and stress, And let our ordered lives confess The beauty of Thy… Continue reading Prayer For Inner Peace And Calm …

Prayers

Prayer for the Journey …

In my journeying with you, may I never lose my sense of direction, never lose sight of the landmark towards which I travel. And should cloud or rain obscure my vision, may I draw closer to you, so that my feet may tread in your footsteps, your words be my encouragement, and your love my… Continue reading Prayer for the Journey …

Quotes

Be Gentle With Yourself …

If you took a blue spruce tree and planted it in the desert, it would obviously perish. How do we forget that we too are living systems, and each of us have unique environments, needs, and conditions within which we flourish or wither? — Dawna Markova excerpted from I Will Not Die an Unlived Life:… Continue reading Be Gentle With Yourself …