Open And Close

“Do not let anything that happens in life be important enough that you’re willing to close your heart over it.”
(Michael A. Singer)


That comment
Made you feel tight
You want to hide
You want to close
That lover
Left you for another
You want to cry
You want to close
Our beautiful world
Torn apart by greed and dogma
You want to shut down
You want to close
Your sensitive heart
Processing so much
You want to feel safe
You want to close
But a heart that stays closed
For a little too long
Will lose its voice
Will always feel like winter
Remember that your heart
Wants every taste of Life
The vibrancy of joy
And the sharpness of pain
So if you must close
Learn to open it up again
And together do the dance
Open and close
Open and close


Hello, heart.



Happy Mind

“Whatever living beings there may be — feeble or strong, long, stout, or of medium size, short, small, large, those seen or those unseen, those dwelling far or near, those who are born as well as those yet to be born — may all beings have happy minds.” (The Buddha, Karaniya Metta Sutta)


Treat yourself well
Enjoy the purr of a kitty cat
Feel the softness of your pillow
And the warmth of your bed
Treat yourself with kindness
We all make mistakes
Our worth is not at stake
We are loved beyond measure
Treat yourself with care
Tend to your needs
Nurture your heart
And enjoy a Happy Mind



Embrace all of you.


That Kind Of Peace

“Becoming acquainted with yourself is a price well worth paying for the love that will really address your needs.”
(Daphne Rose Kingma)

Time passes us by
We are changing
As we go along
We play our parts
We grow into understanding
Dancing with the heart
Oh, heart, my dear heart
Speak, cry, tell me why
No one will ever know
The truth of me
The truth of you
The needs and the spaces
And the whys
I have tried
I have cried
I have blamed
Still, I know
I’ve grown into my own
I fell into my own depths
And finally found
That kind of peace
Oh heart, my dear heart
Speak, cry, tell me why
No one will ever know
The truth of me
The truth of you
Always changing
As we go along
But now I know
The needs and the spaces
And the whys
I have embraced
I have caressed
I have understood
Still, I am
Dancing with the heart
And finally found
That kind of peace

Truly Wonderful

Children are truly wonderful – here are some quotes that touch on being a kid and letting a kid be a kid…

Kids are… high with Life!

“Young people are in a condition like permanent intoxication, because life is sweet and they are growing.”

“Raising children should mean helping them to become what they already are in God’s eyes.”
(Eberhard Arnold)

“If you can give your son or daughter only one gift… Let it be enthusiasm.”
(Bruce Barton)

Children learn more from what you are, than what you teach.”
(W. E. B. Du Bois)

“Do not ask that your kids live up to your expectations. Let your kids be who they are, and your expectations will be in breathless pursuit.”
(Robert Brault)

“Children are our future, and the only way for the world to evolve, as I have been shown it should be, is for each generation to be more loving and compassionate than the one before. This is only possible if we support the children around us, and protect and encourage them so that they don’t need to lock their love away.”
(Lora Byrne)

“The most sophisticated people I know – inside they are all children.”
(Jim Henson)

“Truly wonderful the mind of a child is.”
(Yoda, Start Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones)

Yes, my child, yes
Life is made of openness
Innocent embracing
Hearts wanting to share
The love and joy
They carry inside
If there is one thing
I would like you to do
Is to hold on to that love
Hold on to that joy
And yes, yes, yes
Say yes to Life


Follow The Grain

“Follow the grain in your own wood.” (Howard Thurman)

The joys of authenticity
Come paired with the fear
Vulnerability brings
We feel open, raw
Scared, yes
But this is the way it goes
A little bit of this
A little bit of that
And we feel our way
We follow the grain
In our own wood
Only when we embrace
All that comes
With being alive