Thursday, March 31, 2005

Blissful Reflection
By Don

Half asleep,
a long lost moment in time
catches up with me.
I remember a blissful,
lush green spring morning,
overflowing with sunshine.
A gentle breeze ruffles
the green forest canopy above me.
Peace is everywhere.
In that single moment,
I want nothing,
just to be there (here) forever.


Just one of many poems in Don's new poetry book, Stilling the Waters. To order your copy, send Don an email at: diannone@ix.netcom.com.
On second thought...

"Do not hate. Hatred is a form of subjective involvement that binds you to the hated object."

– The I Ching
Thursday Thought: How to Meditate

Someone asked me the other day, "How do you meditate?" While I shared my own practice of meditating with the Native American "medicine wheel" in mind, beginning meditators might find Jack Kornfield's book on the topic to be useful. Here is an exerpt:

"Find a posture on the chair or cushion in which you can easily sit erect without being rigid. Let your body be firmly planted on the earth, your hands resting easily, your heart soft, your eyes closed gently. At first feel your body and consciously soften ant obvious tension. Let go of any habitual thoughts or plans. Bring your attention to feel the sensations of breathing. Take a few deep breaths to sense where you can feel the breath most easily, as coolness or tingling in the nostrils or throat, as movement of the chest, or rise and fall of the belly. Then let your breath be natural. Feel the sensations of your natural breathing very carefully, relaxing into each breath as you feel it, noticing how the soft sensations of breathing come and go with the changing breath.

"After a few breaths your mind will probably wander. When you notice this, no matter how long or short a time you have been away, simply come back to the next breath. Before you return, you can mindfully acknowledge where you have gone with a soft word in the back of your mind, such as "thinking," "wandering," hearing," itching." After softly and silently naming to yourself where your attention has been, gently and directly return to feel the next breath. Later on in your meditation you will be able to work with the places your mind wanders to, but for initial training, one word of acknowledgement and a simple return to the breath is best.

"As you sit, let the breath change by rhythms naturally, allowing it to be short, long, fast, slow, rough, or easy. Calm yourself by relaxing into the breath. When your breath becomes soft, let your attention become gentle and careful, as soft as the breath itself. ..." pp. 65-66
in
A Path with Heart.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Small Things We Do
By Don

A simple smile
can bring a
burst of sunshine
in life's darkest hour.

A hearty laugh
can chase away
evil dragons lurking
under our bed.

Ever so small
words of kindness
can melt a frozen
tundra of anger.

The gentle touch
of a loving hand
can set the
heart ablaze.

The knowing wink
of an eye
can cause trust
to re-enter a room.

Small things
we do
can change
the world.


This is just one of many poems in Stilling the Waters. Send Don an email at: diannone@ix.netcom.com to order your copy for only $12.95.
Let us dig our gardens and not be elsewhere:
Let us take long walks in the open air...
Let us bathe in the rivers and lakes...
Let us indulge in games...
Let us be more simple: simple and true in our minds above all.
Let us be ourselves.

—Robert Linssen
Wednesday Thought: In It Together

"We're all in this together — by ourselves."

—Lily Tomlin

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

On second thought...

"If you live the sacred and despise the ordinary, you are still bobbing in the ocean of delusion."

—Lin-Chi
Tuesday Thought: What Is, Really?

"Since everything is but an apparition, having nothing to do with good or bad, acceptance or rejection, one may well burst out in laughter."

—Longchenpa(14th century Tibet)

Monday, March 28, 2005

James Wright Poetry Festival, 2005

Is it on your schedule? It should be!

This is the 25th annual festival to celebrate the poetry of James Wright in Martins Ferry, Ohio, which is his hometown and mine.


I'll be there to hear what other poets have to say about Wright's work and theirs. And I will be reading from my new book, Stilling the Waters.

Check it out
here.
From One Year Ago Today

More Gives Way to Happiness
By Don

Searching for more,
looking everywhere,
leaving no stone unturned,
traveling to far off places,
turning my life inside out,
hoping to find there is more.

Wanting there to be more,
discovering finally I am only
following my wanting for more.
Wanting nothing more,
having nothing left to want,
ending my wanting,
happiness appears.


This poem and 149 others can be yours for only $12.95. Don's new poetry book, Stilling the Waters is now available through Medicine Wheel Publishing. Here is the email address to place your order: diannone@ix.netcom.com. Click here to read more about the book.
Haiku Moment
By Don

lighten up your heart
forgive, praise, honor, give thanks
life's blessings overflow
On second thought...

"I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note - torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one."

--Henry Ward Beecher
Monday Thought: Listening

"The poet doesn't invent. He listens."

--Jean Cocteau

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Haiku Moment
By Don

birds sing happiness
purple crocuses are born
rebirth all about us
On second thought...

"Where man sees but withered leaves,God sees sweet flowers growing."

~Albert Laighton
Sunday Thought: Can't Hide Truth...For Long

"Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won't stay there."

~Clarence W. Hall
Happy Easter and a Little Emily Dickinson

The Sun Just Touched the Morning
By Emily Dickinson

THE SUN just touched the morning;
The morning, happy thing,
Supposed that he had come to dwell,
And life would be all spring.

She felt herself supremer,
A raised, ethereal thing;
Henceforth for her what holiday!
Meanwhile, her wheeling king

Trailed slow along the orchards
His haughty, spangled hems,
Leaving a new necessity,
The want of diadems!

The morning fluttered, staggered,
Felt feebly for her crown,
Her unanointed forehead
Henceforth her only one.

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Stilling the Waters Is Now Available

We are pleased to announce that Don Iannone's new poetry book, Stilling the Waters, is now available from Medicine Wheel Publishing Company.

To learn more about the book, click here to download the book cover and read what reviewers had to say about the book. Click here to download the book's table of contents and a couple poems from the book. Finally, click here to download the book order form.

Contact the author Don Iannone by email at: diannone@ix.netcom.com; or by phone at: 440.449.0753 if you have any questions about the book, purchases, or related matters.

Haiku Moment
By Don

sitting all alone
almost nothing in my mind
seeing myself now
Ramana Maharshi

Born in 1879, Ramana, at the age of sixteen, left his home, his family, and all he knew. He felt drawn to Arunachula - a small mountain in Southern India. Several years later he came to know the Truth of himself. Here he lived for the rest of his life. His only possessions were a piece of cloth to cover himself, and a walking stick.

Little by little word of a sage living alone on Arunachula mountain became known. Many felt drawn to sit in his presence. He seldom spoke. But occasionally he would respond to questions. His profound awakening to the One was conveyed to those who came to hear him by his continual asking of them – Who is this “I” that asks this question? He died at Arunachula in 1950.
and just one more...

"You need not aspire for or get any new state. Get rid of your present thoughts, that is all."

--Ramana Maharshi
One for the road...

"Our true home is in the present moment. To live in the present moment is a miracle. The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green Earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now. Peace is all around us - in the world and in nature - and within us - in our bodies and in our spirits. Once we learn to touch this peace, we will be healed and transformed. It is not a matter of faith; it is a matter of practice."

--Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Zen Master
On second thought...

“The liar’s punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.”

— George Bernard Shaw
Saturday Thought: The Yogic Life

"If I'm losing balance in a pose, I stretch higher and God reaches down to steady me. It works every time, and not just in yoga."

~Terri Guillemets

Friday, March 25, 2005

Haiku Moment
By Don

cornstalks cry red tears
autumn sunset awakens me
a westward wind blows
On second thought...

"Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me."

--Sigmund Freud
Friday Thought: Poetic Transformation

"The poet makes silk dresses out of worms."

--Wallace Stevens

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Boarding a Bus

In a small-knit Iowa town I watched
a couple board the bus and take the seat
behind me. They'd waited till then to count
their cash. I could hear each of them whisper
fives and ones like vespers, and repeat, then declare
they couldn't afford to go. "But," she added,
"we haven't had a vacation in—" "That's
very true," he said. And they sighed into the rolling scene:
the sunset on a sea of corn,
a lonely red gas station, an old man changing a flat.
I don't want to scare anyone, but
this is your life too. Tell me how it's any different.

By Steven Huff, from Proof
On second thought...

"Relativity teaches us the connection between the different descriptions of one and the same reality."

--Albert Einstein
Thursday Thought: Science and Religion

"Religion is science fleeing the investigation of matter.Science is religion that has forgotten its origins."

--T.Kun

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Haiku
By Elizabeth Searle Lamb

the ladybug
walks as she wishes
a green morning


the noon heat
a praying mantis
meditates


Japanese lanterns
a dragonfly wing shimmers
in the dusk


the crickets
just keep on
cricketing


midnight
a breath of breeze
on the windchimes
Haiku Moment
By Don

sudden wave of love
carrying my heart away
all fear washes away
Within My Reach
By Emily Dickinson

Within my reach!
I could have touched!
I might have chanced that way!
Soft sauntered through the village,
Sauntered as soft away! 5
So unsuspected violets
Within the fields lie low,
Too late for striving fingers
That passed, an hour ago
Wednesday Thought: With the Time We Have

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time we are given."

--Gandalf to Frodo, The Fellowship of the Ring
On second thought...

It is human to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion.

--Anatole France

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Haiku Moment
By Don

meeting new people
stretching your view of yourself
life grows much larger
On second thought...

"Change yourself and your work will seem different."

--Norman Vincent Peale
Tuesday Thought: Belief

"Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them."

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, March 21, 2005

Haiku Moment
By Don

old friends, not so old
forty-three years apart
present together
On second thought...

For most of us, the seductive and unstated part of "if I had enough time" is the unstated sentence "to hear myself think." In other words, we imagine that if we had time we would quiet our more shallow selves and listen to a deeper flow of inspiration. Again, this is a myth that lets us off the hook -- if I wait for enough time to listen, I don't have to listen now, I don't have to take responsibility for what is trying to bubble up today.

--Julia Cameron
Monday Thought: Stay Fresh!

Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigour of the mind.

--Leonardo da Vinci

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Sunday Thought: No Conditions on Love

"Break the wall of conditions; for God did not create conditions, he created love."

--Manu J. , Maharastra, India

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Stilling the Waters Is Now Available

We are pleased to announce that Don Iannone's new poetry book, Stilling the Waters, is now available from Medicine Wheel Publishing Company.

To learn more about the book, please click
here to download the book cover and read what reviewers had to say about the book. Click here to download the book's table of contents and a couple poems from the book. Finally, click here to download the book order form.

Contact the author Don Iannone by email at:
diannone@ix.netcom.com; or by phone at: 440.449.0753 if you have any questions about the book, purchases, or related matters.

Friday, March 18, 2005

Haiku Moment
By Don

winter says goodbye
snowflakes give way to raindrops
springtime approaches
Mockingbirds
By Mary Oliver

This morning
two mockingbirds
in the green field
were spinning and tossing

the white ribbons
of their songs
into the air.
I had nothing

better to do
than listen.
I mean this
seriously.

In Greece,
a long time ago,
an old couple
opened their door

to two strangers
who were,
it soon appeared,
not men at all,

but gods.
It is my favorite story--
how the old couple
had almost nothing to give

but their willingness
to be attentive--
but for this alone
the gods loved them

and blessed them--
when they rose
out of their mortal bodies,
like a million particles of water

from a fountain,
the light
swept into all the corners
of the cottage,

and the old couple,
shaken with understanding,
bowed down--
but still they asked for nothing

but the difficult life
which they had already.
And the gods smiled, as they vanished,
clapping their great wings.

Wherever it was
I was supposed to be
this morning--
whatever it was I said

I would be doing--
I was standing
at the edge of the field--
I was hurrying

through my own soul,
opening its dark doors--
I was leaning out;
I was listening.
On second thought...

"There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness."

--Josh Billings
Friday Thought: Change

"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered."

--Nelson Mandela

Thursday, March 17, 2005

On second thought...

"We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves."

--Lynn Hall
Thursday Thought: Big Changes and Second Chances

"We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance."

--Harrison Ford

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Haiku Moment
By Don

sapphire rose blossoms
celestial beauty always
azure eyes of hope
To N, in absentia
By Robyn Sarah

I do not know how you went out of my life
or when exactly. The leaves of the Norway maple
are beginning to turn yellow, fall has come.
I last saw you on an evening at the end of July
but I think you were already gone then,
I think by then you had been gone for a long time.

And so it seems meaningless to count the days
yet still I count them, August, September,
October now half over, terrible days,
And I do not know where you are
or when I may have news of you again.
But I remember as if yesterday the day
you came out of my body into this world,
a fine splash in full midsummer, a small cry
like the meow of a Siamese cat,
your eyes wide open and looking all around;
remember how in the early hours of that morning,
before you arrived, I heard pass down our street
(as I had heard each morning that summer
of my thirtieth year) the clopping sound
of a lone horse pulling a cal├Ęche,
his sleepy driver bound for the road
that climbs Mount Royal's slope.

No one can take away that morning
or the exactness of its place in time.
I go there often.
I visit it like a temple.
On second thought...

"Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence."

--Aristotle
Wednesday Thought: Happiness

"True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose."

--Helen Keller

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Haiku Moment
By Don

dusk falls on deepwood
streaks of orange and yellow
the sky smiles color
On second thought...

"You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be."

--David Viscott
Tuesday Thought: Growth Versus Safety

"You will either step forward into growth or you will step back into safety."

--Abraham Maslow

Monday, March 14, 2005

Haiku Moment
By Don

motion is nothing
allow your heart to move you
you will go somewhere
One for the road...

"People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them make them."

--George Bernard Shaw
One to heed...

"Don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy."

--Eagles, from the song, Take it Easy
Monday Thought: What It Takes

"Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe and enthusiastically act upon... must inevitably come to pass."

--Paul J. Meyer

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Affirmation
By Donald Hall

To grow old is to lose everything.
Aging, everybody knows it.
Even when we are young,
we glimpse it sometimes, and nod our heads
when a grandfather dies.
Then we row for years on the midsummer
pond, ignorant and content. But a marriage,
that began without harm, scatters
into debris on the shore,
and a friend from school drops
cold on a rocky strand.
If a new love carries us
past middle age, our wife will die
at her strongest and most beautiful.
New women come and go. All go.
The pretty lover who announces
that she is temporary
is temporary. The bold woman,
middle-aged against our old age,
sinks under an anxiety she cannot withstand.
Another friend of decades estranges himself
in words that pollute thirty years.
Let us stifle under mud at the pond's edge
and affirm that it is fitting
and delicious to lose everything.
Haiku Moment
By Don

rushing water sounds
tells us that change is ahead
greet it with respect
Sunday Thought: Mindfulness

"Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn't more complicated than that. It is opening to or recieving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it."

--Sylvia Boorstein
One for the road...

"Just as the highest and the lowest notes are equally inaudible, so perhaps, is the greatest sense and the greatest nonsense equally unintelligible."

--Allan Watts

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Haiku Moment
By Don

peace takes the side road
where shadows linger much longer
and hearts laugh often
Haiku Moment
By Don

silver moon rides high
across a cold March night sky
gleeful hearts shiver
On second thought...

"My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece."

--Claude Monet
Saturday Thought: Price of Success

"Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility.

--Pablo Picasso

Friday, March 11, 2005

Haiku Moment
By Don

a new day begins
young snowflakes dance happily
my heart laughs in joy
Haiku Moment
By Don

morning has broken
the eagle circles the sun
he lifts my vision
On second thought...

"Forgiveness is me giving up my right to hurt you for hurting me."

--Anonymous
Friday Thought: Hope

"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."

–Antoine de Saint

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Haiku Moment
By Don

fresh snow flocks gather
amidst lingering white sun
my heart celebrates
Thursday Thought: Success

" Success is like baseball; you can fail more than you succeed and still make it in the hall of fame."

--Bruce A. Rodgers

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Haiku Moment
By Don

ride the wave of love
rippling through your spirit
touch the world deeply
Haiku Moment
By Don

silence the anger
that nails your heart shut forever
give voice to your love
Haiku Moment
By Don

man tight with his love
frugal hearts die slow deaths
give all you can now
The Sun
By Mary Oliver

Have you ever seen
anything
in your life
more wonderful

than the way the sun,
every evening,
relaxed and easy,
floats toward the horizon

and into the clouds or the hills,
or the rumpled sea,
and is gone--
and how it slides again

out of the blackness,
every morning,
on the other side of the world,
like a red flower

streaming upward on its heavenly oils,
say, on a morning in early summer,
at its perfect imperial distance--
and have you ever felt for anything
such wild love--
do you think there is anywhere, in any language,
a word billowing enough
for the pleasure

that fills you,
as the sun
reaches out,
as it warms you

as you stand there,
empty-handed--
or have you too
turned from this world--

or have you too
gone crazy
for power,
for things?
Wednesday Thought: Watch Those Stats

"43% of all statistics are worthless."

--One-Liners and Proverbs.com

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Haiku Moment
By Don

glittering stardust
nighttime extravaganza
keep a watchful eye
Haiku Moment
By Don


first daffodils bloom
giving hope of early spring
winter's march nearly ends
Haiku Moment
By Don

evening sky blossoms
trust what the nighttime brings us
including our dreams
On second thought...

"I have learned, as a rule of thumb, never to ask whether you can do something. Say, instead, that you are doing it. Then fasten your seat belt. The most remarkable things follow."

--Julia Cameron
Tuesday Thought: Creativity Makes You Happy

...even without success, creative persons find joy in a job well done. Learning for its own sake is rewarding...

--Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Monday, March 07, 2005

Haiku Moment
By Don

trust in the power
that lies within your heart
change the world
Haiku Moment
By Don

without passing clouds
lingering in evening sky
no sunset appears
On second thought...

"We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversation with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk."

--Thomas Moore, from his "Embracing the Everyday"
Monday Thought: Linking Mind and Heart

"Instead of frittering away your vibrancy with worry or distraction, realize your mind and body are inextricably united. What calms and tones up one, soothes and improves the other."

--Marsha Sinetar, author

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Haiku Moment
By Don

the restless dog
..seeks an end
....to his restlessness
Haiku Moment
By Don

follow me
..says the heart
....whose back you see
Haiku Moment
By Don

the sea's voice
..whispers inside me
....plunge my depths
On second thought...

"At twilight, nature is not without loveliness, though perhaps its chief use is to illustrate quotations from the poets."

--Oscar Wilde
Sunday Thought: Friends

"A friend is one before whom I may think aloud."

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Winter Lambs
By Jane Kenyon

All night snow came upon us
with unwavering intent—
small flakes not meandering
but driving thickly down. We woke
to see the yard, the car and road
heaped unrecognizably.

The neighbors' ewes are lambing
in this stormy weather. Three
lambs born yesterday, three more
expected...
Felix the ram looked
proprietary in his separate pen
while fatherhood accrued to him.
The panting ewes regarded me
with yellow-green, small—
pupiled eyes.

I have a friend who is pregnant—
plans gone awry—and not altogether
pleased. I don't say she should
be pleased. We are creation's
property, its particles, its clay
as we fall into this life,
agree or disagree.
Haiku Moment
By Don

poetry
..courageous words
....words that en-courage
Haiku Moment
By Don

eagerness
..like velvety moss
....gathers inside me
Haiku Moment
By Don

glittering ice
..dangling
....in morning sunlight
Haiku Moment
By Don

morning sun
..happy bird songs
....our hearts pine love
Saturday Thought: Flower Power

"There is material enough in a single flower for the ornament of a score of cathedrals."

--John Ruskin

Friday, March 04, 2005

One Star Less
By Miguel Gonzalez


I set a gaze upon an evening sky
The quiet splendor of a starry night
How infinite stars make the darkness shy
How my eyes are awed by the heavens’ light
In silence, a question now comes to mind
If a single star were to fade and die
Would we on the earth be able to find
One star less amidst an infinite sky
A twinkle has gone yet many remained
In the heavens, stars and in darkness, light
My vision still awed by what seemed unchanged
At splendor still kept by a starry night
Yet I realize what the truth contest
The sky is kept greater, not one star less
Friday Thought: Children and the Truth

"Pretty much all the honest truthtelling there is in the world is done by children."

--Oliver Wendell Holmes

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Gifts of Spring (Repost from March 3, 2004)
By Don

An old man approaches the park bench
--armed with a single daffodil.
The old woman blushes, and
pretends to look surprised.
Her radiant smile says volumes--
about the flower,
the man,

and springtime.
The two sit quietly together--
knowing, no matter how old they grow

--it will always be springtime, in their hearts.
Haiku Moment
By Don

abide
..each day
....in a house of love
Haiku Moment
By Don

happiness
..like smoke
....eludes our chase
Thursday Thought: From Where Happiness Hails

"Most true happiness comes from one's inner life, from the disposition of the mind and soul. Admittedly, a good inner life is difficult to achieve, especially in these trying times. It takes reflection and contemplation and self-discipline."

--William L Shirer

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

One for the road...

"Teaching others is no longer necessary once we become self-evident to ourselves and that understanding shines through to others." --Don Iannone
Haiku Moment
By Don

seeds of light
..planted in the dark
....new mornings are born
Haiku Moment
By Don

the dog's nose
..leads the dog
....and the man walking his dog
Haiku Moment
By Don

in the dark
..I sat
....and found light
Lost is a Place, Too...

Lost Is a Place, Too: Ronald Rolheiser, author of (The Holy Longing) is a specialist in spirituality and systematic theology. He regularly writes a column in The Catholic Herald and lives in Toronto, Canada. This piece reframes the way we look at the dark, painful patches in our lives which John of the Cross called "the dark night of the soul." This can be a good place to be, a biblical and mystical place. "That doesn't make it less painful or humiliating, it just gives you the consolation of knowing that you're in a valid place, a necessary one, and that everyone before you, Jesus included, spent some time there and everyone, including all those people who seem to be forever on top of the world, will spend some time there too." Rolheiser suggests that while we are experiencing unpleasant feelings and fears, subtle transformations are going on in and around us. "The need to name being lost as a valid place is important for us, both communally and personally." Watch for his new book of essays due out in May; it's called Forgotten Among the Lilies: Learning to Love Beyond Our Fears.
Wednesday Thought: Beyond Our Minds

From the Spiritual Literacy Blog: "Boundless Qualities of Mind--Joan Halifax, author of (The Fruitful Darkness, A Buddhist Life in America) is Founder and Abbot of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

As Director of the Project for Being with Dying, she counsels dying people and teaches health-care professionals about the dying process. In the first of a series of essays for Gratefulness.org, she ponders the Four Boundless Abodes taught by the Buddha: lovingkindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity.

These qualities of mind and heart can be directed to yourself, a benefactor, a friend, a loved one, a difficult person, or a person about whom you feel neutral or all beings. Halifax gives examples of phrases that can be used to generate vital energy from these practices. For example, you can nourish compassion by saying: "May you be free from pain and suffering. May you take care of yourself. May you be open to feel the pain in and around you. And may all beings be free from suffering."

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Haiku Moment
By Don

cleveland
..at March's start
....dancing snowflakes from Heaven
Haiku Moment
By Don

reaching
..a peaceful place
....where time stands still
A repost I like a lot...

"Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf."

--Tagore
March...

In like a big pussy cat. Hopefully out like a lamb!
Tuesday Thought: Fantasy

"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living."

--Dr. Seuss
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