Saturday, April 18, 2015

Mantras


Pay attention.
Don't push the river.
This is not an emergency.
Easy come, easy go.
This, too, shall pass.

It could happen to anyone.
I wonder what will happen next.
It's too soon to tell.
Nothing needs to happen
Who am I to judge?

Let it be.
Choose peace.
Be kind.
Why not?
We have everything we need.
Everything's going to be okay. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Looking Inward


Everything we need to know, 
all the wisdom and clarity and insight and love, 
already lies within us. 

We simply need to stop looking 

outward to others for the answers 
and instead take a closer look inside. 

We need to explore our inner landscapes, 

encourage our inner voices to strengthen, 
and make space for our truest, deepest self 
to unfold with boldness and without fear.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Welcome to Your Life


A life is not to be managed, maintained,
squandered, endured, breezed through, 
tiptoed across, or even just lived.

A life is to be savored, climbed into, 
appreciated, awakened, immersed in,
embraced with whole heart.

Dive in. Love your life - this life.Don't wait 
for another. Live every second deeply, with 
arms wide open and heart amazed.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Breathe


Find a quiet moment and a favorite restful spot. Settle in, soften and relax.
Adopt an attitude of bemused receptivity. Be content to witness, to merely watch the passing show.

Find your breath.Feel your breath. Welcome your breath. Enjoy your breath. Be amazed by its rhythms, its textures, its moods.

Be amazed that the body knows just how to breathe. Don't manipulate it into some idealized perfection, just let it be. Watch it. Enjoy it.

Notice how quiet the world becomes, how easy and how sweet,as your mind rests with the rise and fall of the breath. You have found the present moment, this moment, right here, the only one you will ever have.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Morning Blessing


May the day that stretches before you be soft and beautiful.
May deep faith and unwavering patience steady you. 
May your mind incline itself to the small wonders 
that bring color and delight to your day. 

May you let go of perfect possibilities, and instead welcome 

each moment - the easy and the difficult - with gratitude and grace.
May you remain at ease and at home, wherever the day carries you.
May love surround you and may light lead the way.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Newborn


Just as the sun rises on that 
very first day of spring,
you wake to feel a wave of peace 
wash through your body.

And in that moment you 
finally see that you are cradled
in the well-worn fingers of 
the tender hands of life.

In one sweet and soulful exhalation,
you forget your fear of falling.
You know you will not stumble.
You could say you see the light.

At last you understand that your small
body, just like every other soul,
is protected and nourished and loved
by some great and universal presence.

You know that you are enlivened 
not by one particular soul or another,
but by the immense and illuminated 
hands of everlasting life.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Introductory Meditation Class


Hello, my friends. I'm writing to let my local readers know that I will be offering a four-week Introduction to Meditation class in April. The class will be held on Thursday nights from 5:45 to 6:30 at the First Congregational Church in Mansfield. The course begins on April 9, and is free and open to all.

In our time together, we will explore a variety of meditation techniques that help us lead calmer, clearer, wiser and happier lives. Sessions will include instruction, discussion and group practice. The techniques will be offered in a flexible and open-ended manner so that they can support any contemplative, spiritual or religious practice that is already a part of your life.

I love sharing the fruits of meditation and mindfulness with others, since it can be such a profound and eye-opening antidote to the stresses and strains of our busy modern lives. I hope you'll consider joining me, and I hope you'll share news of this class with anyone who might be interested in giving meditation a try.

I am also currently crafting an online meditation course that I hope to offer later this spring. The course is called Presence: A 30-Day Meditation Immersion, and it is designed to help new and experienced meditators more deeply explore this ancient practice with an online community of fellow practitioners. I am so very excited to get this course started - I've been spending every spare morsel of time I can find to get it ready for all of us.

Please contact me with any questions you may have. I'm always happy to share what I know with friends!