For Kenzie

For Kenzie October 30, 2023

Before we buy tickets, before

we drive and park and fill the

theatre, the dancer all alone closes

her eyes and spins about the Axis

of the Universe with no one watch-

ing until the Dance of Time fills her

arms and her legs. Spinning slowly

like a flower opening, she starts to

glow. And all the practice from that

point on is just to bring that glow

of opening to others. Though it is

called a performance, when the

lights are low and the dance begins,

something is stirred in everyone

that keeps the world going.


A Question to Walk With: In conversation with a friend or loved one, tell the story of a time when practice gave way to a sudden, deep experience.

This is from my new book of poems, The Half-Life of Angels.

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Information about his upcoming webinars, including Mark’s new webinar, Falling Down and Getting Up: Discovering Your Inner Resilience and Strength, that starts October 29th can be found at 

Nov 9-12: Santa Sabina Center, San Rafael, CA, Four-Day Retreat, Surviving Storms: Finding the Strength to Meet Adversity. (Register Here) 

Dec 8-10: St Andrews, Jackson, MI, Weekend Retreat, Falling Down and Getting Up, (Register Here)

Dec 8-14: Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Saying YES to Life: The One Life We’re Given (web link)


Feb 5-10: Modern Elder Academy, Baja, Mexico, Falling Down and Getting Up: Discovering Your Own Resilience and Strength (web link)

2024-2025 Yearlong Journey: 4 Weekends in Kalamazoo, MI, The One Life We’re Given: Finding the Wisdom That Waits in Your Heart (web link)

If you’d like to order Mark’s new book, Falling Done and Getting Up: Discovering Your Inner Resilience and Strength, click here

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