These poems span three years of spiritual awakening—on retreat, as a householder, and as a healer during the pandemic.
May they inspire you to awaken care in your circle of influence, reimagining a world where loving thoughts, words and actions CAN make a difference.
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Mindfulness and compassion practices have changed me. Other beings are no longer my friends or enemies, but mirrors reflecting my spaciousness and limitations. To imagine a different world, I must make space in my heart for all. It’s a tall order, but a necessary one. To this end, may these poems inspire us to make space within, so we can meet external chaos and confusion with understanding, with love. (2016)
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A collection of mindful contemplations and compassion practices born from years of living with fear. The journal does not promise a surefire way to end fear. Rather, it is an invitation to explore the facets of fear and poetic possibilities for peace. It is a journal of holding fear tenderly to transform it, to find out what it can become. There is lots of journal space between the contemplations and practices to reflect, write, draw, etc.
Do you crave the contemplative, creative life but feel you just don't have enough time for it? Rumi asked, "Do you pay regular visits to yourself? Don't argue or answer rationally. Let us die, and dying, reply." Give yourself or someone else the gift of space and silence.
This journal contains 11 poems accompanied by photography and artwork to nurture your contemplation and inspire creativity. There are blank pages between poems to journal, doodle, or draw. May this journal help you to
be the space that surrounds you,
wide open to receiving all
of your experiences with care.
I hear a voice in meditation and yoga, while driving, and sometimes on the edge of sleep or when I awake. Is it the voice of the Buddha, Kwan Yin, Gaia, my ancestors, or the voice within? I do not know. I do know this. The more I listen, the more I heal. The more I heal, the more I trust. The more I trust, the more I love. The more I love, the more I experience true happiness independent of any external circumstance.
May you hear the voice. May you heal, trust, love, and experience true happiness. It is your birthright. (2014)
A poetic invitation to dive under the waves of experience, contemplate the depth of perception, and seek a new and deeper truth. These poems reflect a compassionate presence – perpetual witness to all ourselves and never turning away.
A heartfelt collection of sensitive and mindful poems on universal themes of self-compassion, the Sacred Feminine, forgiveness, attunement, kindness, and faith. They are the author’s attempt to uncover that spark of divinity within each and every one of us that is often eclipsed by fear, aversion, or doubt.