A PANDEMIC OF COMPASSION

This is from my morning contemplation - my heart pierced with compassion for all beings on this planet at this time. May the Spirit of Love and Light Descend and illuminate my heart. May fear be dissolved in an Ocean of Calm And may concerns be dissolved in a state of Grace. May this Light … Continue reading A PANDEMIC OF COMPASSION

But still

Today is one of those days. Sitting here in this sanctuary, looking out through the double doors, the sky is dark and overcast as we wait for the possibility of our first snow - just flurries perhaps. But still. There is a chant very quietly playing and I am overcome by a sense of deep … Continue reading But still

UNMASK THE SOUL

It's Halloween but I have an idea. Instead of putting on a mask and costume, let's take them off. Let's take off the frowns and grimaces. Let's stop being so adult. Let's become child-like. Let's return to our innocent and hopeful true self and greet each other with deep joy and gratitude. May you be … Continue reading UNMASK THE SOUL

Ageless wisdom

  Yesterday morning, my meditation included a simple visualization that arose spontaneously. I saw a vase that had shattered.  The pieces were really big and the glass thick. In the place where the vase stood, was an illuminated shape. The same as the vase, but of Light. What could this mean? Do I see myself as … Continue reading Ageless wisdom

You’ve seen my descent. Now watch my rising.

There is a  gift in withdrawing from life. The gift of retreat. It is permission to stop and rest and to reassess your life. And, it is an opportunity to be released from the constant anxiety that might be driving you and that seems to motivate so many of us. 

Hopeful

Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all… As long as matters are really hopeful, hope is mere flattery or platitude; it is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a strength. G.K. Chesterton What is my hope? I wish for your happiness. I hope you … Continue reading Hopeful

As complete as His name

I have been in retreat. First in an ashram this summer and now, in this simple cave, this basement apartment, quiet and serene, on this winter day. The snow falling creates a blanket that muffles sound as a meditation muffles the distracting thoughts that constantly demand our attention and that distract us from our hearts. … Continue reading As complete as His name

One Breath

Take a moment and just sit and listen to the waves coming in, going out. Let it match your own breath. Coming in, going out. Just that.  Sit until you find stillness and calm again. Don't be so frantic, what does it resolve? Instead, reset your mind on calm and abide in That. You are … Continue reading One Breath

FULLNESS

My heart is full now. I have read about this. I have taught this. I have contemplated the Sanskrit word for this; purnah. I have worked hard to remove the obstacles to the awareness of this. Fullness. Full heart. And then, it arose. It was just there. A fullness that I have never before known. As … Continue reading FULLNESS

A Wish for You

May the tempest of thoughts be quieted now and may you find a deep and lasting peace. May you see the signs of hope and find the courage to take on the challenges you face with joyful expectation. May you know your self-worth and how precious you are. May you find love. May you make … Continue reading A Wish for You