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learning to look at the sky again

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012 in musings

I’m drinking in this morning’s misty sky for breakfast, grateful that I no longer need to use an alarm clock or a car, and the days when I resorted to several cups of coffee daily to trump my body’s need for rest are far behind me. I’m loving this simpler life I now live in Bali, learning to make music with my hands, meditating with friends, reciting poetry, nourishing slow-growing seeds of change within and around me, wondering what kinds of fruits they’ll all turn out to be. This taking the time to become more...

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spider swing

Posted by on Jul 25, 2012 in musings

The giant spider was hanging by a thread high up in the air in front of me, casually swinging back and forth against the purple clouds and the setting sun. I wondered if she was enjoying the evening breeze, and whether she could catch her own reflection in the still water flooding the rice field beneath her. I stood still on the dirt path for a while, hypnotized by the pendulum-like motion of her hairy body, surfing the alternating currents of fear and fascination flowing through me, and feeling grateful for the safety of distant intimacy!...

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feeling the moment

Posted by on Jul 25, 2012 in musings

Sometimes the moment prompts me to speak, and sometimes it prompts me to stay silent. Sometimes it demands stillness, and sometimes action. Sometimes it insists that I hang in there, and, other times, it urges me to walk away. When I feel what it is asking rather than try to figure it out, I end up surfing life’s waves, rather than getting smacked by them. Some see this as a passive way to live. I see it as an active way to connect and merge with the ocean.

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favorite poetry books

Posted by on Mar 9, 2012 in favorites, great books, musings

Here are my favorite poetry books. I have given countless copies away to friends and strangers over the years.  Sharing these gems is one of my favorite forms of philanthropy. The poems they contain are precious seeds, soul food, an endless source of inspiration. The Radiance Sutras, “112 ways to enter the stillness beneath the waves,” poetic meditations from the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, translated by Lorin Roche The Gift, Renderings of Hafiz by Daniel Ladinsky I Heard God laughing: Poems of Hope and Joy, Renderings of Hafiz by...

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a luminous book

Posted by on Jul 27, 2011 in favorites, great books, musings, radiance sutras | 0 comments

I entered the magical world of the Radiance Sutras in the summer of 2006 while attending a yoga teacher training with Shiva Rea at Kripalu in Western Massachusetts.  We were lying down in savasana (corpse pose) after an intense two hour long practice, and Shiva was guiding our descent into stillness.  After we all settled into a deeply relaxed and receptive state, she started reading a stunning sutra from an ancient sanskrit text called the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra.  I was mesmerized both by the slow rhythm and sensual tone of her voice, and...

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