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To Bless The Space Between Us


Now that you have entered with an open heart

into a complex and fragile situation,

hoping with patience and respect

to tread softly over sore ground in order    

that somewhere beneath the raw estrangement   

some fresh spring of healing might be coaxed   

to release the grace for a new journey   

beyond repetition and judgment,     

and have achieved nothing of that,   

emerged helpless, and with added hurt….


Withdraw for a while into your own tranquility,   

loosen from your heart the new fester.   

free yourself of the wounded gaze   

that is not yet able to see you.   

Recognize your responsibility for the past.   

Don’t allow your sense of yourself to wilt.   

Draw deep from your own dignity.   

Temper your expectation to the other’s limits,   

and take your time carefully,   

learning that there is a time for everything   

and for healing too….  

but that now is not that time….yet.


Now is the time to free the heart,   

let all intentions and worries stop,   

free the joy inside the self,   

awaken to the wonder of your life.


Open your eyes and see the friends   

whose hearts recognize your face as kin,   

those whose kindness watchful and near,   

encourages you to live everything here.


See the gifts the years have given,   

things your effort could never earn,   

the health to enjoy who you want to be   

and the mind to mirror mystery.


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~Be Still

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In out-of-the-way places of the heart,

Where your thoughts never think to wander,

This beginning has been quietly forming,

Waiting until you were ready to emerge

For a long time it has watched your desire,

Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,

Noticing how you willed yourself on,

Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.

It watched you play with the seduction of safety

And the gray promises that sameness whispered,

Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,

Wondered would you always live like this.

Then the delight, when your courage kindled,

And out you stepped onto new ground,

Your eyes young again with energy and dream,

A path of plenitude opening before you.

Though your destination is not yet clear

You can trust the promise of this opening;

Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning

That is at one with your life’s desire.

Awaken your spirit to adventure;

Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;

Soon you will be in a new rhythm,

For your Soul senses the world that awaits you.

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When the light around you lessons

And your thoughts darken until

Your body feels fear turn

Cold as a stone inside,

When you find yourself bereft

Of any belief in yourself

And all you unknowingly

Leaned on has fallen,

When one voice commands

Your whole heart,

And it is raven dark,

Steady yourself and see

That it is your own thinking

That darkens your world,

Search and you will find

A diamond-thought of light,

Know that you are not alone

And that this darkness has purpose;

Gradually it will school your eyes

To find the one gift your life requires

Hidden within this night-corner.

Invoke the learning

Of every suffering

You have suffered.

Close your eyes.

Gather all the kindling

About your heart

To create one spark.

That is all you need

To nourish the flame

That will cleanse the dark

Of its weight of festered fear.

A new confidence will come alive

To urge you toward higher ground

Where your imagination

Will learn to engage difficulty

As its most rewarding threshold!

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We seldom notice

how each day is a holy place

where the eucharist of the ordinary happens,

transforming our broken fragments

into an eternal continuity

that keeps us.

Somewhere in us

a dignity presides

that is more gracious

than the smallness that fuels us

with fear and force,

a dignity that trusts

the form a day takes.

So at the end of this day,

we give thanks

for being betrothed to the unknown

and for the secret work

through which the mind of the day

and wisdom of the soul

become one.

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