Writing is Prayer

Franz Kafka Walking in the grace of an open heart and empty mind powers the creative wheel that transforms the clay of experience into a vessel for receiving revelations. Devotion to words has no preset requirements, simply self-awareness and willpower. Yearning to express one’s inner world permeates infinite variations of human experiences. But why pick …

Joy of Solitude

Uncontradicting solitude / Supports me on its giant palm; /And like a sea-anemone /Or simple snail, there cautiously / Unfolds, emerges, what I am. – Philip Larkin My spirit is revitalized by solitude. As the poet said there are no contradictions. It is simply my unrestricted mind roaming in seclusion. Perhaps that it why I …

Truth of Imagination

I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart’s affections and the truth of the Imagination. – John Keats As Keats wrote of the holiness of the heart’s affections… the heart-mind brings passion to life – incarnating the soul within the body. The heart beats on-and-on from the first breath to the last, …

Change Your World

…Re-examine all you have been told in school or church or in any book, and dismiss whatever insults your own soul; and your very flesh shall be a great poem, and have the richest fluency – Walt Whitman (Leaves of Grass) It is time to release yourself from the chaffing bindings of disagreeable preaching, teaching …

Epiphany

Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be? – Charles Bukowski This morning I drifted into an ecstatic state. The ocean’s gentle whisper coupled with the rhythmic wave-pulse embraced me like my mother’s arms and carried me away. Away over the waves and clouds, away from anxiety and …

Grateful for One Another

Let us fight to free the world! To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance! Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all people’s happiness. – Charlie Chaplin Contemplate the deeper meanings of the word free for a few minutes. What comes to mind? …

Expressing Gratitude

But we are strong, each in our purpose, and we are all more strong together. – Bram Stoker Globally, we are limited in our mobility right now. Those who have to go to work, return home almost immediately afterwards. Some places are limiting people’s time for daily outdoor recreation, but many open spaces we once …

Gazing in Wonder

I’d rather learn from one bird how to sing than teach 10,000 stars how not to dance. – e.e.cummings Since everything has slowed down to a crawl these days, I have lingered longer while window gazing. For the past week or so hummingbirds have appeared to browse through the pussy willows in the woodlot just …

The Unwanting Soul

The unwanting soul sees what’s hidden, and the wanting soul sees only what it wants. – LaoZi A modest purity dwells in the silky silence of blades of grass sweeping away the sand grain by grain. The spirit must open wide to discover such rich experiences. Stop the time-clock and uncover a cosmos: beneath your …