The Puzzle of Gratitude: Is it Just Another Platitude?

The Puzzle of Gratitude: Is it Just Another Platitude?

A few weeks ago, I received an email from a pastor asking me to speak at her church. I asked her if she had any suggestions and she wrote, “How about gratitude?” I paused and then wrote back. “”Well, that’s funny. Gratitude? I have a lot of anger and...
When You Are a Caregiver, Where Does the Art Fit In?

When You Are a Caregiver, Where Does the Art Fit In?

Holy Ground It doesn’t. It doesn’t. And if you’re someone like me, who needs a good amount of mental spaciousness and a place free of clutter, so your mind and imagination can soar, then it never fits in. It doesn’t. But you dutifully try until you wonder if you even...
Blameless

Blameless

Ice Buddha Do not blame yourself for not doing more of what you knew not what to do Blame and judgment are callous cavernous spaces That take you away from the beauty of this day Self-inflicted torture Like the ascetic who denies their body Or the man and woman who...
You are the Embodiment of Love

You are the Embodiment of Love

You are the Embodiment of Love Have no fear or despair; don’t worry about a thing. This is the wisdom you are to embody today. Have no fear or despair; don’t worry about a thing. You are the Embodiment of Love. But there is everything to despair and fear and worry...
Meditation, Writing, Miracles & Prayer

Meditation, Writing, Miracles & Prayer

Sky Meditation & Contemplation ~ In meditation you dive deep in silence. In that dive you may initially encounter the body, including sensation and feelings, the noise of your own thoughts or the honking horn outside. But slowly you get to see that although you...
Decluttering to Create: On Getting Rid of Stuff & Creativity

Decluttering to Create: On Getting Rid of Stuff & Creativity

What I would love in this new year? To write!! To paint again, with real paint!!! Childhood Art #1 I’ve been getting rid of old stuff Some of it really old Like tons of things from when I was a wee tot Sitting in the garage for decades and decades. Do you have...