Inspirational Blog

FEBRUARY 23, 2020

Time Travel: Are You Going...

It’s no use to go back to yesterday because I was a different person then. ~ Lewis Carroll from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland   Ignorance is bliss. When I read a book about the many benefits of becoming vegan for...

FEBRUARY 16, 2020

FEAR

  The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid. ~Frank Baum from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz   One of my teachers says that fear is False Evidence Appearing Real. Courage is facing fear, not danger. Sometimes,...

FEBRUARY 9, 2020

What’s Love Got to Do...

  I laugh when I hear that the fish in the water is thirsty. You don’t grasp the fact that what is most alive of all, is inside your own house. ~Kabir   Air surrounds everything, is in every living...

FEBRUARY 2, 2020

Build a Brick House

Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness. ~Edward Stanley, Earl of Derby, 1873   I am very proactive when it comes to my health. I brush and...

JANUARY 26, 2020

What to Do with All That Time

  Millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon. ~novelist Susan Ertz   I don’t want immortality. Knowing there will be an end adds meaning to my life and makes me...

JANUARY 19, 2020

Have Faith

  Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.   When I watch my grandson or my parents go up or down stairs, they focus entirely on the step in...

JANUARY 12, 2020

Here and Now

“But what if I forget to be here and now?” worried Piglet. “No need to fret,” said Pooh reassuringly. “It happens to everyone. Once in a while your thoughts may carry you away to the ‘there and then,’ or...

JANUARY 5, 2020

Still Waiting?

  Good things come to those who wait. ~English proverb   I used to believe that, with enough patience, I could achieve anything. And so I would practice, practice, practice having patience. As with most things that I practice long...

DECEMBER 29, 2019

Blessing the Year

We bless this year for all we learned,  For all we loved and lost  And for the quiet way it brought us  Nearer to our invisible destination. ~John O’Donohue from At the End of the Year   Before I look...

DECEMBER 22, 2019

An Invitation to Look Again

ah, in the corner look again— winter chrysanthemum, red ~ Teijo Nakamura   This week will be jam-packed with gifts and activities, so many that it’s easy to overlook a few of the most important ones that create meaning in...

DECEMBER 15, 2019

Winter Solstice

  So on these long nights of winter solstice may you find your wildest dreams walking companionably alongside you. Having waited for you all this time to turn toward darkness and find not fear, but peace and courage and wild...

DECEMBER 8, 2019

Shazam!

  Nothing is impossible. Even the word itself says, “I’m possible.” ~Audrey Hepburn   When I feel overwhelmed or helpless, I call on my superpowers and, shazam!, they change an “impossible” situation into...

DECEMBER 1, 2019

Looking for My Heart’s...

  Much of the time we find what we are looking for– be that keys or trouble or some form of our heart’s desire. ~ Chris Heeter from On Seeking     I’m at the stage of my life where I...

NOVEMBER 24, 2019

Thoughts on Thanksgiving

  This food is the gift of the whole universe—the earth, the sky, and much hard work. May we live in a way that makes us worthy to receive it. May we transform our unskillful states of mind, especially our greed....

NOVEMBER 17, 2019

Stones and Turnips

  Turn stones into turnips. ~paraphrased from Pigs Eat Wolves by Charles Bates   It’s a good thing I love turnips because I’ve found lots of stones in my path. The stones are the obstacles or stumbling blocks that prevent

NOVEMBER 10, 2019

Drop the Old

  Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop. ~Rumi   Today I threw away old photo albums. I’ve lately realized that all those pictures aren’t treasures others want to inherit. In fact, none of us have looked...

NOVEMBER 3, 2019

How Full is Your Glass?

Remember, every year two million people die of dehydration. So it doesn’t matter if the glass is half full or half empty. There’s water in the cup. Drink it and stop complaining. ~Rudy Francisco   Sometimes I just need a...

OCTOBER 27, 2019

Catch a Leaf

  i catch the maple leaf    then let it go ~John Wills   There are lots of things that fall into our life, and other things get swept away. But this haiku is not about the things over which...

OCTOBER 20, 2019

My Wildest Dreams

  Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting— over and over announcing your place in the family of things. ~Mary Oliver from Wild...

OCTOBER 13, 2019

The World Goes On

  Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the...

OCTOBER 6, 2019

Good Enough

You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. ~Mary...

SEPTEMBER 29, 2019

A “Bird’s...

  migrating birds— fields of pampas grass show the way ~Kristen Deming   I love hearing the geese and cranes as they start their migration south. This haiku reminds me that sometimes I need to have a “bird’s eye”

SEPTEMBER 22, 2019

The Honorable Life

  Seeing the shadow Around each color, We honor our inner eye. Hearing the silence  Around each sound, We honor our inner ear. Feeling the sacred Around each moment, We honor our inner heart. ~Tao Te Ching, Chapter 12, translated...

SEPTEMBER 15, 2019

Good Fences

across a rose fence— a cat lover a cat hater ~Kazuo Sato   I am so tired of the extremes of our politics. What happened to moderation? of seeing the other side? of win/win compromises? As a (recovering) perfectionist, I...

SEPTEMBER 8, 2019

Learn to be Quiet

Learn to Be Quiet You need not do anything. Remain sitting at your table and listen. You need not even listen, just wait. You need not even wait, just learn to be quiet, still and solitary and the world will...

SEPTEMBER 1, 2019

3 Things

To live in this world you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go,...

AUGUST 25, 2019

Getting to the Real Me

You may not be what you think you are, But what you think, you are. ~Jim Clark   In my yoga therapy training, I learned that the quality I believe I exhibit the least is usually the quality that underlies...

AUGUST 18, 2019

Lumps in Life

I only like a little bit lumpy stuff. ~wisdom from our almost 4 year old granddaughter   There are lumps and bumps as I journey through life. Ideally, there will only be a little bit of challenge, just enough to...

AUGUST 11, 2019

The Opposite of Love

  The opposite of love is not hate, but fear.   I have no idea who said that or when I heard it. Elie Wiesel said something similar but ended his quote with “indifference” instead of “fear.” Indifference leads to...

AUGUST 4, 2019

Summer Song

stillness— piercing the rocks the sound of cicadas ~ Basho Matsuo   The bittersweet sound of the cicadas reminds me that summer is almost over. We joke that spring and fall are only a weekend long, but summer is always...

JULY 28, 2019

Summer Relaxation

  on the patio the afternoon drifts along with the butterfly ~Patricia Machmiller   My husband and I just spent almost two weeks watching our grandchildren. It was exciting and exhausting. We kept them entertained and fed, gave baths

JULY 21, 2019

An Honor Badge

  May this day, this predicted week of moist jungle air be for you an honor badge in loving what is. May you pause in your day, move slowly as this heat requests and notice how capable you are, how...

JULY 14, 2019

Abundance

Such love does the sky now pour, that whenever I stand in a field, I have to wring out the light when I get home. ~ St. Francis of Assisi   I have so much energy when the sun is...

JULY 7, 2019

Getting Results

…do not depend on the hope of results. …you may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect. As you...

JUNE 30, 2019

Weeds

A week away from the garden, rain and sun in my absence grow a jungle of weeds, a veritable lawn of grass in and amongst the planted ones.  I can only stand back and marvel at what sun and rain...

JUNE 23, 2019

Smile 🙂

“I’m walking to the bridge,” begins a Golden Gate Bridge suicide note. “If one person smiles at me on the way, I will not jump.” ~cited by Thomas Joiner, author of Why People Die by Suicide   I believe our...

JUNE 16, 2019

Culture

We shape ourselves to fit this world and by this world are shaped again. The visible and the invisible  working together in common cause, to produce the miraculous. From Working Together by David Whyte   I am molded by the...

JUNE 9, 2019

Messages from the Universe

a small dew droplet sits atop a bright green leaf morning air is a gift ~ T. Iverson I love going out in my garden in the morning when everything is so fresh and inviting. I feel hopeful when I...

JUNE 2, 2019

Spark Joy

In the Navajo tradition, a child’s birthday is a celebration of the first time that child laughs.  At that moment, the Navajo believe, the child’s soul attaches to the body. ~Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin   I love the idea...

MAY 19, 2019

Live a Larger Life

Be reckless when it comes to affairs of the heart. …Fall madly in love with life! Be passionate about some part of the natural and/or human worlds, and take risks on its behalf, no matter how vulnerable they make you....

MAY 12, 2019

A Good Shake

shaking the packet of seeds asking, are you still alive? ~ Kiyoko Tokutomi   I planted my spring vegetable seeds the other week and anxiously waited for them to show signs of life. Alas! None of them have sprouted, so I...

MAY 5, 2019

Perspectives

Holding the water, held by it— the dark mud. ~William J. Higginson   Is it the soil that holds the water to create mud or the water that holds the soil? Either way, it’s mud. This haiku helps me remember...

APRIL 28, 2019

Thinking of Myself

Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less. ~C.S. Lewis   Humility is related to being comfortable with who you are, and aware of your strengths and weaknesses. It’s obvious when someone thinks that they

APRIL 21, 2019

Visiting or Experiencing?

When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder if I have made of my life something particular, and real. I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened, or full of argument. I don’t want to end up simply having...

APRIL 14, 2019

Jump!

“A bit of advice given to a young Native American at the time of his initiation: As you go the way of life, you will see a great chasm. Jump. It is not as wide as you think.”  Joseph Campbell...

APRIL 7, 2019

Just Do It

Start close in, don’t take the second step or the third, start with the first thing close in, the step you don’t want to take. ~from Start Close In by David Whyte     Sometimes I need to remind myself...

MARCH 31, 2019

Simplicity

this spring in my hut there is nothing there is everything ~SodoYamaguchi   My parents moved to a smaller house this winter and it was a very difficult process for them to go through their belongings. It inspired me and...

MARCH 24, 2019

The Cycle of Change

Everything changes in this world but flowers will open each spring       just as usual.  ~Japanese folk saying   Change is a sign of life. Everything changes because everything that lives, grows and is affected by the world...

MARCH 17, 2019

An Irish Blessing

May you take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek no attention. May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder. ~ from For Presence by John O’Donohue   Poets always remind us that...

MARCH 10, 2019

How to Live

Let us live deep enough till there is only one direction… and slow enough till there is only the beginning of time… and loud enough in our hearts till there is no need to speak… ~ from Earth Prayer by Mark Nepo...

MARCH 3, 2019

Looking Back to the Present

  Let me tell you this: someone in some future time will think of us ~ Sappho as translated by Mary Barnard   This fragment of a poem by Sappho, a female poet from 600 BC, is just as applicable in...

FEBRUARY 24, 2019

Offering More

At the end of the road, I will not be asking about outcomes. I’ll be asking if I was faithful to my gifts, to the needs I saw around me, to the ways in which my gifts might meet those...

FEBRUARY 17, 2019

Finding and Using Your Gift

  The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. ~ Pablo Picasso We all have a mission in life. That mission is to use our gifts to make the world...

FEBRUARY 10, 2019

A Metta Meditation

  May I be free of inner and outer harm. May my physical body be healthy and strong. May my heart be filled with joy and peace. May my days unfold with ease.   There are many versions of the...

FEBRUARY 3, 2019

Life Instructions

Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. ~Mary Oliver from Sometimes   The inspirational poet Mary Oliver died recently. She was one of my favorite poets because her work was so accessible. In this stanza...

JANUARY 27, 2019

At the Edge of Comfort

  There is beauty and sensuality in deep cold, but there is not much comfort to be found outside. And so we venture in as well as out  because that is where life is meeting us… at the edge of...

JANUARY 20, 2019

What Matters

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.   We all want to fit in. And we’re willing to sacrifice certain things in order to do that. We don’t speak...

JANUARY 13, 2019

To Glisten

  To glisten: To be present with others in ways that help them shine into their deepest color, purpose and wisdom. ~John Paul Lederach   Each of us has a mission in life. That mission is to use our gifts...

JANUARY 6, 2019

Our Embodied Experience

“The goal is to be relaxed without being slack, and alive and extended without being stiff. This gives us a sense of firmness and weight, and we feel ourselves properly balanced in space. There’s a sense of solidity without being...

DECEMBER 30, 2018

Getting to a better you

  “Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.” ~Rumi What do you need to leave behind in 2018? What needs to go so that you have the space to grow something new? Many of us drag outdated...

DECEMBER 23, 2018

Keeping the Peace

  Peace doesn’t mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart. ~anonymous   Some of you...

DECEMBER 16, 2018

Seeing what is

ah, in the corner look again— winter chrysanthemum, red Teijo Nakamura Perhaps you’ve been given a poinsettia or amaryllis for the holidays. At first, you may enjoy looking at it, maybe even going out of your way to admire it....

DECEMBER 9, 2018

Namaste

“Namaste” means “the light within me bows to and honors the light within you.” It’s easy to say, but do you truly believe it? The first part is believing that you have “light” within you. That there is something wonderful...

DECEMBER 2, 2018

The Blessing of Yoga

The yoga sutras are 196 sayings about yoga written before 400 CE by the sage Patanjali. They are considered the “yoga Bible” and an authoritative text. The first sutra is “Atha yoganusasanum,” which is usually translated as “And now the...

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