LePage, Martin Luther King Day reflection

This morning, MPBN reported that Maine’s governor LePage asked citizens to reflect on the shootings in Arizona on MLK Day. He stated that no politician pulled the trigger, and that political rhetoric was not the cause of the shooting. He asked that Mainers reflect on how this level of anger and violence happened, and suggested…

Poems for meditators, final installment

Dear Sarah, Cells of my sky and lungs I breathe in self and other, division, duality,        and I breathe out the union, reunion with all-spirit — rays of light mingle with exhalation– we, as one, sigh our greeting of recognition, inspiring a smile and a soft, broken heart– _____________________ Dear Andrea, Our hearts, like tea…

Poetry and meditation, 4

Only 4 more cards to go.  Here are the penultimate poems: Dear Peter, Sometimes, we must walk along a dark path to find light– sometimes, solitude fills the gaps,       requires that we empty before we fill– we expand and contract, sing or wail, find ways to be peaceful in struggle–we are brave and strong     together …

Poetry and meditation, part three

I have been slow to send these out, but here are the latest group: Dear Diane, Sometimes we stay through uncertainty, our bodies breaking open, hearts afraid– Sometimes we find the right questions, satisfying answers– Sometimes, we just sit, full of heat and sadness, fear pushing against walls– _________________________________ Dear Randy, The quick flap of…

Poems for meditators, part two

Dear Liesbet, How we find                                 or make meaning    —    how we fill or fulfill — what cost or what loss,      how the heart expands and contracts when we say   “yes”  or   “no”  — filter the residue, magnify the results _________________ Dear Marino, How do we doubt connection— expansion— fullness— How do we doubt “thank you”   …