the sound of wisdom i hear the sound in the quiet of morning not angry voices sharp and biting and mean no, it’s a soft reverberating embracing and kind the sound of wisdom, the whispers of my heart echoing against my being
A Place to Stand
I’m looking for a place to stand, a place past
judgement and labeling, past anger and hatred, a place beyond
fear. My feet keep moving, stretching, searching, hungry to find space
where my heart can bloom and my soul can sing. I stay awake and pay attention because
this place is subtle, like the flavor of saffron lingering in my mouth. It’s a nuanced spot
that only speaks when you slow down, when you reach inside and listen deeply
to your body’s wisdom. The location settles you in a contented solitude, a seclusion
that moves you past the duality of good and bad, stability and freedom, attachment and aversion.
When you follow your embodied experience, you find a place to stand where
your being is washed in light, where your heart opens like a flower, where possibility
flows like a river over your feet standing along the stony shore.
This poem is part of an online collection I call All the Shapes of Joy.
inside my head
the little voice
whispers worldly words
that I want to push away
her arms to fight
then I remember
to take a deep breath
to slowly walk up beside the voice
acknowledging her wisdom
grateful for her good intentions
and to stand calmly in her presence
from this accepting space
the world opens
and I feel free
to write a different story
that moves me
in the direction
that I truly want to go
Today’s post is a tribute to Teresa, who led restorative yoga classes at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for breast cancer survivors back in 2012. One day in our practice she invited us to befriend, rather than resist, our natural unpleasant thoughts…to try standing beside them versus pushing them away. I remember the sense of calm that came with her invitation and this fresh relationship.
This post is also dedicated to ‘Coach Christina’ who guided me for 6 months in early 2012 at a time when unwelcome thoughts were abundant following my mastectomy. With her guidance and incredible loving support, I was able to befriend and shift my thoughts in ways that brought welcome catharsis.
I am so grateful for the wise leaders who guide and inspire me.
* I took this photo in San Agustinillo, Mexico. These two little guys capture so nicely how I would like to be friends with those sometimes unhelpful voices in my mind. 🙂