if you listen
inside you’ll hear
a whisper, 
everything – 
good or bad
light or dark
kind or cruel – 
passes into
the next moment
where possibility
waits like dew 
on the morning grass. 

This poem is also part of a collection I put together called Meditative Blossoms.

without believing every word

Martiniscica, Croatia

We tend to bestow our judging mind with unquestioned power and authority, but this risks an inaccurate self-perception. Instead, listen and question, without believing every word. Take back your right to evaluate the credibility of judgments and your own self-worth. By clarifying your relationship to the judging mind, you can reclaim your power to establish a more accurate self-perception and stable sense of well-being. ~Mark Coleman

A monk asked Shito “How does one become free?”. Shito replied, “Who has bound you?” That’s the question, who binds you? Don’t look outside, look into the mind, investigate the opinionated mind. Become familiar with its opinions and judgments; then you won’t be so vulnerable to them. Our effort is to release the mind from its ordinary opinions and see revealed a new universe. Nothing binds us but the habituated mind. ~Katherine  Thanas

I saw these posts on Mindful Balance last month HERE and HERE, and they resonated with me. {Karl Duffy, I hope you know how much I enjoy your blog and all of the wisdom you capture and share there. Thank you!}

With regular practice, I learn to notice the voice that talks to me, that interprets the world for me, that makes judgments about just about everything, and that shares her stories with me. And with regular practice, I learn to discern when her ideas are truly helpful and to choose what I believe and act upon. It is a continual process of exploration and discovery. I catch myself listening to her, wanting to be in control, wanting to reach closure, wanting to be perfect, wanting more when there’s plenty…wanting, wanting, wanting. The small victory comes when I let her needs go and open to a world of possibility that she couldn’t even imagine.

A new chapter opens

Near Piazza Amerina Sicily Italy.JPG

A New Chapter Opens

The air is filled with the richness of possibility
A special kind of freedom stretches before you

May you be filled with hope about the experiences ahead
May you embrace the opportunities that walk into your path
May you move with grace as you dance with the unfamiliar
May you step confidently as you engage in new adventures
May you find wisdom in even the most unexpected places

Be awake and curious, open and unattached
Listen to your heart as it whispers your dreams

Know that you are enough, just as you are
Trust everything to unfold beautifully

Step boldly into a future that is uniquely yours
Intentionally create the memories which will write the story of your life


I wrote this poem for my husband when he retired in January. Today the words seemed so fitting when I replaced the “you”‘s with “I”‘s and “me”‘s. While I wrote these words for a special occasion, it seems like a little prayer that can be used any day – because we always have a chance to start anew – this moment, this day, this week, this month, this year – not just this milestone, to be intentional about what we want to create and about the choices we make and actions we take.


* I took this photo in Sicily, somewhere on our drive around Piazza Armerina. I picked it because it’s one of Jim’s favorite landscape shots from the trip.