Inspirational Blog

SEPTEMBER 13, 2020

Mindful

  Every day I see or I hear something that more or less kills me with delight, that leaves me like a needle in the haystack of light. — Mary Oliver from Mindful   This poem reminds me of a...

SEPTEMBER 6, 2020

Rock Lessons

a warm fall day, learning from this rock to do nothing —Paul O. Williams   I started taking piano lessons when I was in second or third grade. I took first year piano lessons for the next 10 years. There...

AUGUST 30, 2020

Swim with the Tide

Let go of the ways you thought life would unfold; the holding of plans or dreams or expectations—Let it all go. Save your strength to swim with the tide. —Danna Faulds   If there was ever a year to let...

AUGUST 23, 2020

Seeing Stars

Summer night: in my eyes starlight hundreds of years old —George Swede   Every year I tell myself that I’ll stay up to watch the Perseid meteor showers and it never happens. I like to sleep! But this year, I...

AUGUST 16, 2020

Light the World!

Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth, “You owe me.” Look what happens with a love like that— it lights the whole world. —Hafiz   Real gifts are not a tit for tat experience. It’s...

AUGUST 9, 2020

Our Work

  Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still half-perfect? Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is my work. —Mary Oliver   What is our work? Our work is not...

AUGUST 2, 2020

Out with the Old

Sweep the mind clean like a field of dry stubble when the constellations of daisies have been mown —Mary Barnard   Sometimes my mind is like a cluttered garage with seemingly unrelated thoughts stacked all over the place. Other times,...

JULY 26, 2020

Seasonal Moments

  beautiful lines of green run through the summer dishes —Tatsuko Hoshino   My summer dishes are edged in green with flowers along the border. Using seasonal items, eating seasonal food, wearing seasonal clothes, reminds me that I am...

JULY 19, 2020

Worry Like a Pro

  Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere. —Anonymous   So many things to worry about and so little time! After many years of diligent worry practice, I realized...

JULY 12, 2020

Small But Mighty

  If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito. —Dalai Llama   When I think of mosquitoes, I think of being annoyed, itchy, losing sleep and possibly made ill. Not the kind...

JULY 5, 2020

From Fireworks to the Hard...

  Indeed, it is precisely in a period of great spiritual and societal hunger like our own that we most need to open minds, hearts, and memories to those times when women and men actually dreamed of new possibilities for...

JUNE 28, 2020

A Gift and Another and...

  a small dew droplet sits atop a bright green leaf morning air is a gift —T. Iverson   We are surrounded by beauty, refreshment and an infinite number of gifts, if we only take the time to notice. Most...

JUNE 21, 2020

Carrots in My Ears

  Be skeptical, but learn to listen. —Don Miguel Ruiz and Don Jose Ruiz from The Fifth Agreement   “I can’t hear you. I have carrots in my ears.” I forget what story that’s from but those lines stay with me....

JUNE 14, 2020

A Moving Target

  Always do your best. —Don Miguel Ruiz and Don Jose Ruiz from The Fifth Agreement   Just writing that takes me back to the bad, old days of my perfectionism. Perfectionism says “Always do your best to be perfect.”...

JUNE 7, 2020

Brownie Surprise

  Don’t make assumptions. —Don Miguel Ruiz and Don Jose Ruiz from The Fifth Agreement   When I was in third grade, I made my mother a box of brownies as a surprise one evening. Boy, was it a surprise!...

Load More All Posts Loaded

Receive weekly posts

Recent Posts