I have a busy heartloving otherssometimes aching, sometimes breakingsometimes bursting with pleasure except for one quiet chambercurled into a soft circlelike a sleeping, purring kittensafe from my desires an alcove beyond egowhere I can becontent with contentment. First published February 13, 2016 Top photo courtesy of Pixabay, lower drawing is one of my original zentangles.
Make the best you can of it. Of the little words that come out of the silence, like prayers prayed back to the one who prays -Wendell Berry, “How to Be a Poet” War rages, a plague still takes lives, winter seems to linger weeks past the vernal equinox, you’re running out of eggs, your … More Composed
Travel can be stressful TSA scrutiny, crowded lines at gates But I have a secret paradise – my carry-on, underneath my ribs It’s lovingkindness meditation, sending thoughts of peace and health to myself and that grumpy traveler scowling behind his mask It may not lighten his heart that I wish him freedom from suffering but … More Carry-on Paradise
Mindful meditationgives me practice ofnoticing the coming andgoing of my breath,my thoughts Until Jack, the cat, jumps on the tabledisrupting art suppliesgiving me practice ofnoticing the coming andgoing of my attention He’s my furry Buddha buddy Photo of Jack disrupting my art table in the room where I meditate.
Cooking a meal leads to clutterbusy living can muddle my mindmeditation can clear some mind-clutterlike cleaning the kitchen post-cooking I want a clean kitchen when starting a mealI want a clear mind when starting the daywater and soap can tidy my kitchenzazen can help unclutter my mind This post is a companion poem to yesterday’s … More Clean-up Time
I invite Lao Tzu to teaon a quilt spread in anopen glen by a river He accepts and sitscross-legged facing mewe both nod our greetings “What can you teach me, Lao Tzu?”“Be quiet in stillness.”I pour tea into his tiny cup “My mind wanders so.How can I learn stillness?”“Meditate.”I fill my teacup as well “I … More Tea with Lao Tzu*
Feed cats, brew coffee Then silent meditation Whisk eggs, butter bread Rhythm of morning practice – A breakfast silence sandwich Graphic courtesy of Pixabay
To a tablespoon of meditation add a cup of journaling stir in a session of reading poetry or novel – no news let the morning simmer while staring out the window pour in a phone call to check in on a friend sprinkle in a card game played with your housemate walk in the sunshine … More Recipe for Sheltering In
filtered water fills the cup going up an octave as it reaches the brim coffee maker sputters syncopation to the wind chime song beside the window peppers sizzle in a pan avocado slices frame the plate whipped egg with spices waits for its turn in the skillet snow has fallen during the night porch needs … More Winter Morning
Finally, she gets to go barefoot sit on the floor in a lotus position Finally, she breaks from busyness prompts if you touch her moon necklace Curvy body is posable now flowing thick hair remains Breathe with Me Barbie™ guides meditations with eyes wide open Read more about Breathe with Me Barbie in the … More Dolly Lama