In Summary…Keeping the Peace

This week was all about Keeping the Peace, or rather, keeping the connections, or rather, seeing where we’ve forgotten the connections and illuminating them. That might make more sense if you read this blog and this poem. And Rumi entered the building with his wise words that I tried to incorporate into this blog. You can never have too much poetry. The artwork for the week was one of my own and one of my favorites – Web of Life. This one is mounted on an old pastel piece I did 30… Read More

When a Three-Minute Writing Challenge Turns Into One Minute Poem

Keeping the peace at all cost means peace is lost to a sincere respect for fear.   Smoothing over hurt, anger, hate – Just see and wait. Normalizes. Compromises.   These shadowed oppressions need voice. I choose this choice. No more hiding. Done dividing.   (Note: The Minute Poem consists of 12 lines, 60 total syllables formatted into 3 stanzas of 8, 4, 4, 4 syllables each, with each pair of lines rhyming. Isn’t that fun?)  

A Community of the Spirit

Rumi. I always come back to Rumi. A poet who lived so long ago with words that make perfect sense now. This time it’s A Community of the Spirit. Every phrase of this does indeed make sense to me. This one – ‘feel the delight of walking in the noisy street and being the noise’ – calls me to be willing to speak up when called upon. And this – ‘close both your eyes to see with the other eye’ – speaks to the urgent need to see beyond what I think… Read More

Keeping the Peace

That phrase – Keep the Peace. It’s been something I’ve done all my life. I’m a mediator. A Libra. One who seeks balance and consensus. I meditate and pray. I hold spaces for love and hope and healing. Rocking the boat makes my heart race and not in a good way. For a long time, peace meant balance for me – quiet, still, conflict free. Shhhh. But these days it means something different. Peace = Connection. When I feel really truly peaceful, I feel the connections to everyone and everything, seen and… Read More

In Summary…Staying Open

This past week in blogging and posting I highlighted what I’ve been doing this entire past month, that is, intentionally staying open – reading every thing I can get my hands on, listening and learning, sifting through, speaking up and writing it down. The word of this week (and actually this whole time) has been Enséñame. A prayer from Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés meaning ‘Show me. Teach me.’ You can read my short blog about it here. The poem of the week was Rumi’s Chickpea to Cook and I shared it on my… Read More

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