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The Glass and the Bowl

The father pours the milk from his glassinto the cup of the child,and as the child drinksthe whiteness, openingher throat to the good tasteeagerly, the father is filled.He closes the refrigeratoron its light, he walks outunder the bowl of frozen darknessand nothing seems withheld from him.Overhead, ...

Lost

Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside youAre not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,Must ask permission to know it and be known.The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,I have made this place around you,If you leave it you may come back again, ...

Enneagram

The Enneagram is a system that offers powerful insights about our “personality types,” but I think we sometimes forget its transformational potential.  The journey along our spiritual paths is automatically enhanced when we recognize both the self-fulfilling and self-defeating ...

The Exaggeration of Despair

I open the door (this Indian girl writes that her brother tried to hang himselfwith a belt just two weeks after her other brother did hang himself and this Indian man tells us that back in boarding school,five priests took him into a back room and raped him repeatedly and this homeless Indian woman ...

In Blackwater Woods

Look, the treesare turningtheir own bodiesinto pillars of light,are giving off the richfragrance of cinnamonand fulfillment, the long tapersof cattailsare bursting and floating away overthe blue shoulders of the ponds,and every pond,no matter what itsname is, is nameless now.Every yeareverythingI ha...

Five: Litany

Tom, will you let me love you in your restaurant?i will let you make me a sandwich of your invention and i will eat it and callit a carolyn sandwich. then you will kiss my lips and taste the mayonnaise andthat is how you shall love me in my restaurant Tom, will you come to […]...

Selfless Gratitude

(excerpted from Phillip Moffitt’s article “Selfless Gratitude,”August 2002 Yoga Journal, pp. 61-66) The understanding you gain from practicing gratitude frees you from being lost or identified with either the negative or the positive aspects of life, letting you simply meet li...

What is the Enneagram?

Although the word Enneagram sounds exotic, it actually refers to a practical psychological system that describes nine basic personality styles and nine very different ways of viewing the world. This system shows how each of us has a central way to make sense of reality, a personality strat...

Seven: A Story That Could Be True

If you were exchanged in the cradle andyour real mother diedwithout ever telling the storythen no one knows your name,and somewhere in the worldyour father is lost and needs youbut you are far away. He can never findhow true you are, how ready.When the great wind comesand the robberies of the rainyo...