Dance of Compassion

I know life hasn’t been gentle with you lately . . .

I just want to help you remember

that many of life’s extraordinary blessings

come to us masquerading

as our most profound challenges.

For, how else are we to discover

the full depth and measure of ourselves?

How else are we to fully appreciate

that which matters most?

How else to experience

the fullness of our humanity?

And, to fully understand compassion?

Our ultimate comfort is not to be found in gaining control of life.

Rather, we are triumphant when we find ways to accept life

with a grateful heart. A heart that transcends our fears

with the eternal wisdom that, no matter what happens,

we are always whole and complete.

So, my friend, I simply wish to remind you that you are loved.

Allow yourself to rest in the knowledge

that you are all that you need to be,

have all you need to have,

and know all you need to know

to manage the fullness that is life’s perfection.

And then, even when it shows up

no matter its costume,

you have only to thank if for coming,

and then to invite it to dance.

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Bird Cage

It’s not the “art” that makes

the artist insane

It’s the mundane

that is the bane

of her existence.

The trick is transformation;

jumping over the fence of the mind

into the imagination.

For it is not being over there

that makes her crazy.

It is knowing, long before she leaps,

that she’ll have to break her own heart

just a little bit each time she

returns to the world of the everyday;

breathless, paint splattered,

the last word still dripping wet

off the end of the pen.

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What does “independence” mean to you?

Yesterday was a rarity. Marty and I spent the entire day doing exactly what we wanted to do, when we wanted to do it. No obligations and no expectations. Simply living out of our intention to enjoy the day together, come what may.

I’m grateful to be living so luxuriously. To be able to have an entire day without labor or care. At no time did I feel threatened or unsafe. To live in the moment, making last minute decisions about where to go and what to do, that in another time, another place, perhaps, would have been certainly careless; probably dangerous. No desire was denied. Freshly picked, organic strawberries? Check. Dairy-free, gluten-free chocolate chips? Check. Movie ticket? Check. Our choice of seats? Check.

Life is good!

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