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Am I Ready?

It is clear once again That I pull back from the edge But my body pushes me back Then I pull away again Burying myself in theories And analysis and exercises Seduced by transient moments of relief From some mantra … Continue reading

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This Solstice

Have I plumbed the darkness? Found the secrets in the depths? Truly felt my sadness and fear and anger? Do I need to? Am I ready to stop trying to accept Trying to surrender Trying to let go Trying to … Continue reading

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Did I create you, my pain? Although you live with me And I grew to believe in you More than I believed in myself I try to push you away And love you at the same time Deciding I need … Continue reading

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Hold on tight, it’s a wild ride Don’t forget to smell the flowers along the way Sing songs of sorrow, terror, joy, anger, peace While the shame melts away to a puddle and evaporates Leaving uninspiring perfection Humble wisdom Knowing … Continue reading

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This took much longer than planned

I sought solace in words Healing from the sages Wisdom from mentors Rescue from the goddesses Now I stop and lie down In Rumi’s grassy field Letting ideas become clouds Smiling in the gentle breeze

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“Your sadness, your fear, your loneliness, even your despair is so fragile, friend. It can break open at any moment. A single note in a piece of music can do it. A kind glance from a stranger. The feeling of … Continue reading

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“Just sitting with discomfort, without trying to escape or numb it in any way, without expectation, without a goal in mind, without seeking anything, including some abstract notion of ‘comfort’ – that’s the juicy place, the place of creative transformation, … Continue reading

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“We name everything, including our own intimate experience. ‘Sadness’, we say. ‘Anger’. ‘Fear’. ‘Frustration’. ‘Joy’. ‘Boredom’. ‘Longing’. But emotions are only energies in motion, and beyond the conceptual labels, without the words, we really have no way of knowing what … Continue reading

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“I’m trying to take everything away from you as you can see. Everything that you ever believed. Every concept you ever had. Every idea that you had of getting enlightened, becoming free, becoming liberated. Every idea and belief of thinking … Continue reading

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Right in the middle of falling apart and holding it together

You are falling apart, and then holding it all together. Then falling apart, then holding it all together again. Love is being born within you, cleansing you from the inside, showing you how whole you really are. It is revealing … Continue reading

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