“Between stimulus and response, there is a space…” Do you know this place that Viktor Frankl speaks of? This is the place I am working to expand and live in. Something happens. We react. No awareness. No consideration. It is a pattern we fall into when life gets too full, when we are stuck in … Continue reading Space
Swords drawnTeeth clenched Ready to battle This is the dance we know We draw near I seein your eyes The pain and fear Past experienceProtection My heart softens I know the way The impossibleChoice I lay it down Scared of whatWill happen Hoping for the same You swingI bleed I pray for you That you … Continue reading Bleeding for Peace
Whirling thoughtsAnxious feelingsDesire to control This has been my existence. Firm gripHeavy handWinning What has been the cost? Missing moments Losing youForegoing joy Life has been dull. Big questionsSpecks of lightThe feeling of flow How can I keep it? Thinking newLetting goTrusting you The hardest thing to do. Shifting perspectiveChanging heartOpening up What has transitioned? … Continue reading Moments
I let go ofWhat has protected me. I can no longer carry the weight. I am exposed. Unsure of what will be, Longing for what I know,I wrestle with the pieces. Choosing, This time, For me. Shedding certainty,Breathing faith, Gaining freedom. I hope to RememberThis feeling.
We are oneThe ocean And me. The sand. Thousands of granules. One foundation. Pure grit. The salt. Flavoring, preservingThis thing Called life. The waves. Ebbing, flowing,Turning, crashing, Back to calm. The mystery.Depths unexplored, Expanse imagined. Beautiful darkness.
Here I am. In the place I feared most. Not ready to jump. Knowing no other way. No bottom. No landing. No assurance. My feet move. Here I go. Down, down, down. Far beyondWhat exists. Nothing and everythingIs here. I am terrified. I am completely at peace. There are pieces of meEverywhere. A beautiful mess. … Continue reading In the Depths
We are in the struggle. Major changes. Big emotions. Strong opinions. So many complex issues on the table these past couple of years in the midst of great global challenges for all of us. Some days it feels as if we have lost our foundation. Like things are completely out of control. Most of us … Continue reading Turbulence
I can't sit. I want to run. But I'm tired. Chained by what was. Uncertain of what is.Scared of what will be. Nothing can quellThis discomfort. I feel betrayed.By myselfAnd others. I know better. Insight waits. Lessons entrench. I will beMade new. When I make itThrough...thisUnraveling. Grant me strength. Give me peace. Bring me love. … Continue reading Coming Apart
As I celebrate another birthday, I have been reflecting on a recent conversation I had with a friend on a hike. She let me know that each year on her birthday she picks one thing that causes her anxiety and stress and she intentionally works to let it go. Each year her gift to herself … Continue reading Giving One Less “F”
"Prayer and action can never be seen as contradictory or mutually exclusive. Prayer without action grows into powerless pietism, and action without prayer degenerates into questionable manipulation." -Henri Nouwen In the days since Uvalde, I have continued to come back to this. It is not a coincidence that it was part of my daily reading … Continue reading Taking Action Against Violence