Tag: compassion

lessons learned: bunnies and sacred space

Every spring, the bunnies come to visit the garden and see if by some chance, there’s a hole in the chicken wire big enough to access the greens.  Sadly, they are disappointed, but they hang around any way and give birth each Spring to…

lessons learned: crabgrass and intolerance

Upon arriving home from my residency, I marveled at the wonders the gardens had produced–tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, squash, flowers, and on and on.  It was like Christmas morning–I walked out the door and gifts abounded in each vegetable patch. And then I sighed.  There…

lessons learned: bunnies and sacred space

Every spring, the bunnies come to visit the garden and see if by some chance, there’s a hole in the chicken wire big enough to access the greens.  Sadly, they are disappointed, but they hang around any way and give birth each Spring to…

the spirit of the season

Every year since this act of kindness occurred, I post it in my social media.   I don’t cut and paste the story because retelling it each year grounds me and reminds me who we are called to be, not just in December but all…

brokenness

Recently, I have been sitting with Brokenness.  For a long time, however, I was afraid to acknowledge her presence because her cracks might allow someone to see the darkness buried deep inside.  And isn’t her sidekick, Wholeness, the friend we want to claim as…

Earth, teach me: an Ute prayer

I use this prayer in many of my teachings.  It is one of my favorite, and in preparation for Earth Day this week, I thought I would post. Earth, Teach Me Earth teach me quiet ~ as the grasses are still with new light….

our little LuLu

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. ~attributed to Plato but documented as being written by Ian Mclaren, pseudonym of Rev. John Watson (1850-1907) This morning as I got the dogs out of the car, I paused to rub LuLu’s…

the Spirit of the season

A couple of years ago in December, my daughter and I stood in a line 20 people deep at Target on a Friday night.  We had forgotten that our usual routine of grabbing necessities would be overshadowed by crowds completing last minute holiday shopping….

lessons learned: tickling the roots

Ok, Holy Spirit, once again you amaze me. I’m not sure if I’ve shared on this blog that I’ve resumed my yoga practice.  This time, it has been less about perfecting my form and more about getting into the corners of my body and…

Buddhist prayers and poetry for the new year

New Year Poem and Wishes Under the glorious canopy of redwood trees The New Year peacock dances Sun and moon rise into the blue sky The earth grows and happiness increases In this New Year — H.E. Khempo Yurmed Tinly Rinpoche Being Peace If…

lessons learned: finding my voice

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. ~Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Almost 7 years ago, I sent an email to a friend.  She was in the midst of many challenges, and I wanted to be…

resolutions

I will be truthful. I will suffer no injustice. I will be free from fear. I will not use force. I will be of good will to all men. ~Mahatma Gandhi