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the shore called ‘father’

it’s hard. it hurts. it’s resistant. i sink. i swallow water. and, sometimes it feels like i am drowning. but, i can deal with that. i know i can swim. i remember who i really am. ~ walking on water when i was four my dad taught me how to swim. here’s the thing of it: he came…

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here is the sign you’ve been looking for: the habits of happy, awakened people

zen buddhist teacher, baker roshi, once said, “enlightenment is an accident. meditation makes us accident prone.” at the baseline, we train the muscle of attention so we can be present prone – be available to recognize those glimpses of enlightenment that we can never claim to ever really know.  because, it’s never what we think it’s gonna’ be — there’s…

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i saw the light: waking up to life’s work

“as you start to walk out on the way, the way appears.” ~rumi one day, suddenly and without warning, i realized something wasn’t as it appeared – everything that i thought was true and everything that i had searched for, was here all along. and, once i began to view my life through this comprehensive window – to live it with…

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pay as you wish! be the person you wish to be

“for it’s in the giving that we receive.” saint francis of assisi when i was way too young i attended a program called smoke enders. it was 1978 and i was, i recall, the youngest person there – a testament to my parent’s love and also to some internal longing to take a deep breath…

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take a chance on us!

“darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that. hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. hatred darkens life; love illuminates it …” martin luther king, jr.today, as a nation, we celebrate the life and spirit of martin luther…

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angel wings and wonder

“faith may not bring us the miracle we want, but it will always bring us the miracle we need. cultivate faith, hold it in your hand – touch it” … make angel wings. ~melody beattie oh! the sweet memories of making angel wings for the annual christmas pageant! i remember the concentrated task – the texture…

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how to go wherever the wind blows

  if there’s one thing i’ve learned in this zig-zag, upside down life it’s that i can fly!   i’ve always been fascinated by energy – the way it can push us through the atmosphere into space or short us out – inspired and expired — the way nature seems to effortlessly transform and bind…

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these words no longer i am

  “again I’m within myself. i walked away, but here i come sailing back, feet in the air, upside-down, as a saint when he opens his eyes from prayer: now. the room, the tablecloth, familiar faces… listen, if you can stand to. union with the friend means not being who you’ve been, being instead silence:…

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