Archives for December 2012

Blessings I Have No Words For

Read Mark’s weekly reflections on The Huffington Post. This week’s poem is about what we hear in the spaces between all the noise. All meditation practices and all beginnings of art start with such a listening. But I will try. Sometimes my heart trembles like a butterfly in a jar and I’m afraid to let [Read More…]

Attendant Spirits

Read Mark’s weekly reflections on The Huffington Post. The modern use of the word “genius” refers to someone with a remarkable brilliance in one aspect of their capacities. We think of Mozart or Einstein or Michelangelo. But the original notion of the word genius meant “attendant spirit.” This was not reserved only for the gifted. [Read More…]

The Cherry Tree on Willett Street

Read Mark’s weekly reflections on The Huffington Post. Life can be harsh and beautiful by turns. Often, it seems unfair. Why can’t the beautiful openings last longer? I learned one spring that this movement from fullness to bareness is the inhalation and exhalation of the Universe. The rhythm is what keeps us alive. It keeps [Read More…]

Physics of the Deep

Read Mark’s weekly reflections on The Huffington Post. There are spiritual physics that govern how we move from surface to depth and back. I think one is that experience wears or cracks us open, which can be painful and difficult. But most times, that wearing or cracking open lets something sweet in us out in [Read More…]

Cezanne in Snow

Read Mark’s weekly reflections on The Huffington Post. Sudden, deep feelings are often teachers that we resist or turn away from, because of their intensity. Instead, we are often asked to enter these deep feelings, the way we might enter a field after a long walk through the woods. This reflection speaks about such a [Read More…]