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Dreams for Earth Day

As usual, I’d like to share a poem this Earth Day. I must admit I don’t actually like this poem that much. No, let me rephrase that. I don’t like the way the second stanza is composed. But in its way it has a conversation my heart wants to have. And in my way of thinking, that’s about the most you can ask of a poem. The question of what the hell to do with myself in these times is one I have grappled with for years. I left my career in the environmental movement mainly...

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Storyteller for Hire

  he asks the one about her strengths and weaknesses and she descends in déjà vu her suit’s gray pinstripes unfurl behind her a trail of sage smoke she rides the air currents down soul canyon to the shadowy bottom alighting on a perch of Vishnu’s schist meditating on magnanimity on the steadiness of rock that remembers every story he asks the one about a time she showed resourcefulness and fixed a problem not a real problem but a made-up knot of office consternation he follows with the...

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Glimpses of Magic

Wow. Even though I admit I have a hard time understanding what this guy is saying (can’t make out his accent), I’m totally inspired. Words are secondary. Here, meaning is conveyed in a language far older than words. It’s not the fact that he has sacrificed financial gain to follow his passion… or that he pursues it in spite of hardship and injury… What inspires me is the depth of his relationship with this beautiful, rugged coast. And the way that he has shaped...

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Resolve

Resolve is a powerful antidote to despair. The meaning and direction that bring depth to life rest upon the values and aspirations you treasure. Resolve is what translates your aspirations into reality. ~ Christina Feldman I’m grateful for this reminder. There’s a real firmness to resolve. Consulting my dictionary I find several definitions for this word, but my favorite comes from the world of music: “to make progress from dissonance to consonance”. Yes. This feels...

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What are Humans For?

  Many spiritual approaches focus on the fundamental human question of “who am I?” and stop there. At this point in my journey, I admit that I am less interested in that question and more concerned with another fundamental spiritual question: “how shall I live?” It seems to me that “who am I?” is something that our souls already know and will ultimately remember and return to. Whereas the issue of how to inhabit this embodied experience is something we are faced with every moment of our...

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