As he lay there on the sterile stainless-steel table, I looked down to examine him one final time. After years of not seeing him, my father was here in front of me. This was also the first time I had physically looked down on him. He was always, based on stature and presence, one to be looked up to.
Before me now was the man who helped usher me into this world. After this long time away, here he was motionless and breathless. …
As a society we have strayed from caring for one another. As time goes on this seems to be increasingly true. We readily ignore the suffering of others. This is evident as we examine how many people treat those who may not look like them or share the same values or beliefs. It seems to be easier to discount those who are different.
Many in our world today do not realize that we are all connected. We are all in need of each other. This is the beauty of the world we live in. When we all bring our unique…
The essence of how we live in this world is rooted in our duality. We are spirit beings that are limitless and connected to the divine. We are also humans made up of flesh, bone, blood, and all the related components that shape us into physical being. Of these two dynamics the spirit is the authentic part of us. Our bodies house the spirit so that we may have an earthly experience.
Gifted with the Journey
The journey of life we are on is in no way random. We have a predestined path. As our spirit enters this…
My dreams are my lessons
I seek to remember
I set myself to recall
Alas, to no avail
Living a life of adventure
And no recollection
Day in and day out
To awaken absent of the life just lived
I have traveled time
Ventured to the outer edges of space
Seen tomorrows illuminated in brilliant light
And futures as abysmal wastelands
I have fallen and risen
I have died and lived
I have found treasure
And lost fortunes
I have discovered secrets
And decoded mysteries
While seeing light cast on the meaning of life
I have lived well
And lived in…
A large part of life is giving of self. We do this as we support others and we do it to earn a living. We offer bits of ourselves through service and labor. We also invest mental and emotional equity. Over time this takes a toll. We can become like a well that has run dry. Even the most bountiful diamond minds go barren when overworked.
We must allow ourselves recovery. We must protect ourselves when no one else does. It is important to set limits and not overextend. We must not sacrifice ourselves to benefit others.
Some ways to…
It has separated itself from me
My lucky silver piece is gone
No longer in my possession
Something that was so much a part of my being
Now gone forever
Given to me by my grandfather
A symbol of good fortune
Passed down for safekeeping
A remembrance of good things past
And for good things to come
Without the weight of it in my pocket
I feel the absence of it
No longer anchored
Inquest for a replacement
For something that cannot be replaced
In losing it have I lost myself
I feel in need of an implement
To hold in that…
I tend to get mired in the process of overthinking. When this happens, I practice reminding myself that I am sowing seeds for tomorrow’s harvest.
When things aren’t progressing as quickly as I would like, I remind myself that if I just keep moving towards my goals, I will get there. Sometimes my steps along the way will be great, sometimes they will be small. The steps on the path vary in speed but it is ultimately the constant movement that provides the momentum needed to reach my goals.
In this reflection, I am reminded of how the harvest works. Plant the seeds, nurture them, and they will grow. Even in the slightest nurturing, you will reap rewards.
Remember this in pursuit of your goals. The sprouted seedlings of today are enough to provide a bounty so plentiful you will have all you need and more.
Having relationships built on trust is especially important. We must be able to trust, and we must create space for others to trust us. Trust is the primary element that shapes our relationships. This includes not only romantic partners but family, friends, co-workers, and anyone else with whom we regularly interact.
The way to establish such relationships is through vulnerability. To be vulnerable is to be open and honest. It means having a willingness to take chances. It means letting our guard down in a world where it’s often easier to insulate ourselves.
Always practice good discernment as trust should…
I lived down by the water’s edge before it happened
Easy and at peace; fishing, crabbing, but mostly lounging
My homeland; my place as long as I’ve been me
This place has always been a part of me
I have always been a part of it
One and the same
I lived down by the water’s edge before it happened
So many visitors came to glimpse My homeland
They played at this life
They enjoyed it as they passed through; pretending and wishing they could really be part of this
It’s all right though
I felt pleased that they enjoyed it; if only for awhile…
How do we step into our power as parents?
The greatest lesson we can teach our children is that we don’t know something. There is power in this admission. It may be the most important lesson we can teach ourselves as well.
We need not seek to appear perfect for our children. This does our relationships with them an injustice. Because they often seek to emulate us, when we present ourselves in an all-knowing way, they will develop unrealistic expectations of themselves.
As flawless as we may want to appear, we will inevitably fail and there is a good chance…