Thursday, May 28, 2015

I am just about to send out a welcome letter to the participants of Presence: A 30-Day Online Meditation Immersion and am stopping by here to make one more announcement about the course before we get underway.

Our 30-day exploration of meditation and mindfulness begins June 1.  The course is entirely online and can be done at your own pace and in your own way. And best of all, there are no quizzes, tests or grades. (There will, however, be homework, although it is entirely optional).

My hope is that this offering will help fledgling meditators get started with a daily meditation practice, will deepen the meditation experience for those who already have a practice, and will offer lots of good food for thought for those who aren't necessarily interested in sitting quietly every day but would still like to learn more about the philosophy that underlies the world of meditation.

I have posted a bit more about the course, as well as information about how to enroll, here. I'm looking forward to getting started and I hope you'll consider joining us!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Paradise


We are already
wandering in paradise.
What do we do now?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Enough


This is all I have to offer you:
These poems,
these images that shine.

This yellow blossom from the garden.
A candle to bring you light.
And, of course, my love.

I have nothing else,
and it is all I would want anyway.
I hope it is enough.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Presence: A 30-Day Meditation Immersion

As many of you know, I have been working feverishly this spring developing a month-long online meditation program. I've been asked so many times by so many folks how to get started with meditation in a way that can be incorporated into an already busy life. Presence: A 30-Day Meditation Immersion is my answer.

I am thrilled to invite you to join me on this adventure, which begins June 1. The course is entirely online (although if there are enough local participants we will meet up in person at some point during the month). The course can be done at your own pace and in your own way. And best of all, there are no quizzes, tests or grades. (There will, however, be homework, although it is entirely optional).

I have set a suggested fee of $50 for the monthlong course, but participants are welcome to set their own price if that feels like more than they are able to pay. I don't want anyone to be excluded for financial reasons!

My hope is that this offering will help fledgling meditators get started with a daily meditation practice, will deepen the meditation experience for those who already have a practice, and will offer lots of good food for thought for those who aren't necessarily interested in sitting quietly every day but would still like to learn more about the philosophy that underlies the world of meditation.

I have posted a bit more about the course, as well as information about how to enroll, here.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. And if you know of anyone who might be interested, you are welcome to share this news with them.

Also, remember that our yoga classes continue on Wednesday mornings at 9 at Yoga on Main in downtown Mansfield. And our meditation sessions continue on Thursday evenings at 5:45 at the First Congregational Church through the end of May. Please consider joining us at either of these weekly gatherings.

Thanks so much, and happy spring!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Less


How can you expect life to bloom
and miracles to unfold
when you cling so tightly, so fiercely?

Exhale,

release,
soften,
melt.

Life will flower, life wants to unfold.

Don't you hear it asking you to step back,
to do less, to surrender to its own beautiful flow?

Try less. Push less. Plan less, think less.

Don't stomp out the tender buds
longing to bloom all around you.

Relax your tight fingers, have faith,

and love the miracle
that blooms in your soft hands.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Moments of Ease


For at least a few moments each morning, 
may you rest quietly, nestle into the
moment, and enjoy a few gentle breathe of 
simplicity and ease.

Allow each inhalation to pump a little more 

vitality into your fingers, toes, muscles, and bones. 
Invite each exhalation to remind you let go, 
to surrender to the amazement of the moment. 

Breathe and be. Smile and soften. Celebrate 

and surrender. Rest on the cusp of the day and
give thanks for another opportunity to offer 
your radiant love and light to the world.

Friday, May 1, 2015

She Walked In Beauty


She walked in beauty, though she hardly knew it. Mostly she marched through life with her eyes averted, and her head filled with alternating currents of fury and of angst.

Only when her life was stripped bare through despair did she lift her eyes. The particular flavor of grief doesn't matter. It may have been a broken relationship, a broken body, a broken spirit. Whatever it was, it left her shattered. There was almost nothing left to cling to. No space for even a hapless inhalation to make its home. 

And then one damp morning in early spring, not even yet out of bed, she chose to lift her eyes. She glanced past her bed and noticed the rain streaking down the windows. The raindrops startled her. They looked like fingers, she noticed, long and thin and possible even graceful.

A few more raindrops smacked against the glass, the grey sky holding no promise whatsoever. Still she sat up, her mind captured by the beauty of the rain, inevitable and unstoppable. She watched in a trance, as this one small spectacle that she did nothing to earn or even deserve, fell into her gaze. And then she heard the rain upon the roof, creating its own music of a sort. She sighed. She smiled. You could say she woke up.

Life remained, broken and uncatchable, filled with heartache and the certainty of loss. But the inevitable beauties that wrapped themselves around her held her tight, giving her comfort and possibly even hope. She felt the mingling of the two. The heaviness seasoned the beauty, giving it gravity and heft. And the beauty offered comfort that allowed her manage life's harshest pains with openness and grace.

It is possible to walk in beauty, she thought, to be carried by the small moments of simple amazement and delight, even with a broken heart.