Archives for March 2014

For My Brother

______________ During my father’s slow avalanche to death, my brother was a tireless advocate on his behalf, a bodhisattva in the way he cleared debris and made things easier for everyone around him. I was in a plane over the Pacific Ocean when I finally wrote this poem for him. For My Brother You were [Read More…]

The Murmur of Life

______________ That our heart can receive and hold anything and that we feel that the intensity of living is too much to bear is a paradox we can only live into. Under what is both unbearable and endlessly uplifting is the murmur of life.   The Murmur of Life I hear this murmur wherever I [Read More…]

Out of the Way

______________ Kindness and suffering are wordless teachers, ready to bend us and soften us until we accept that we are here; that, try as we will, we can’t build our way out of existence or dream our way out of being human. Once opened in this way, we come to realize that the only way [Read More…]

Meeting Life with Courage, with Mark Nepo

Meeting Life with Courage, with Mark Nepo from Sounds True on Vimeo. [Read more…]

Our Hands

______________ The word authentic comes from the Greek authentes. It means “bearing the mark of the hands.” This original meaning tells us that to be authentic mean being hands-on. It’s through our hands and through the life of touch and honest engagement that we learn and grow. Our Hands Sometimes, with no warning, we suffer [Read More…]

The Dilation of What Seems Ordinary

______________ To dilate means to widen or open more fully and the purpose of experience, both through ease and pain, is to widen and open us more fully. The normal way we meet the world is full of bumps and bruises and noise that scratches up the heart. And yet, if we can endure and [Read More…]