If I am strong, brave, resourceful,
If I know how to laugh with my whole heart,
if I know how to smile at a stranger
and speak to them until they are a friend,
If I know how to work hard in my home
and move with integrity in my world,
If I can speak my truth clearly and fearlessly,
If I can comfort those in need
and discover the solution
where others perceive problems,
If I can see the deeper meaning of all things
and love the essence of this universe,
it is because of you, Mom,
and everything that you taught me.
Thank you, a million times,
And what if
after all of these efforts we have made
that all along
this whole Universe
was completely worthy of our trust?
What if we knew without a doubt
that everything really does show up
at the right time?
What if we had the direct experience
of all things happening for a reason?
And what would this moment look like
if we could trust Life completely
and surrender to the flow
of all that is?
A friend who is close to
15 years my junior
wrote about the uncertainty
of her life right now,
the turmoil in which she finds herself,
how challenging it is for her right now.
I remembered being 25,
full of turmoil,
full of debt,
thinking there was something wrong,
hoping a spiritual master would show up
and show me the way.
One day way back then
I imagined who I would be as an old woman,
smiling, peaceful, happy, content.
Reaching through time,
taking both my hands in hers,
she reassured me that it would all be okay.
I cried and trusted her.
Today, I ask my present self
to reach back to my younger self
and reassure her once again.
She, who was so full of doubt,
would be happy to know
that my life has great purpose now.
She, who was so anxious to
see a clear path
would be happy to know
that she has no choice
but to always be on the right path.
There is no wrong path.
There is only one path.
Life is the path.
My mind is full
and my body tired.
I ask my writing
to do the impossible–
wake me up
although I am sleepy
and remind me of what is good
as my mind swarms with confusing,
The plight of the human–
to live with so much ambivalence,
to strike a balance
and live with consequences,
defining what center is
as it shifts from day to day,
attempting to find stability
when the only constant is change.
I go to sleep hoping
that it will all make more sense in the morning,
but my strange dreams contribute
to the ever growing realization
that there is so much I do not know.
I can tell you a little about the path
but don’t take my word for it…
go out and see what is true for you.
Find out for yourself
what makes your heart vibrate,
what uplifts your mind,
what reminds you
of the interconnectedness
of all things.
Take a good look at all of it,
the dark as well as the light,
the pain as well as the pleasure,
the up and the down
the depressed and the joyful–
all of these experiences
can be used to put
what you’ve been taught to the test.
Hold it all up
to the light of inquiry.
Directly experience the wisdom
you’ve been handed.
Then you can make it your own.
Then you can share it with others.
Life is our good teacher,
We ask for unreasonable things
that the only constant is change.
But life is always there,
doing what life does,
and isn’t it wonderful?
ever new and fresh
constantly surprising us
with this opportunity to awaken,
not some time in the future,
When you embrace life
in all of its crazy unpredictability,
you immerse yourself in the
great flow of being.
swimming against the current.
and let life tell you what you need to know.
You don’t need to go anywhere in particular.
You don’t have to search for something.
You don’t need to meet someone specific
and above all, there is no need to wait–
This moment now,
this is the path.
This path, this is the point.
Not to get somewhere,
to do something,
to be someone,
but right now, to be here,
to bring everything that you are
to this moment, this path that you are on.
Isn’t it a relief to realize
that you can use every life experience
to grow a little wiser?
You don’t need to seek an accomplished teacher
You are the teacher.
You are also the student, the healer, the killer, the lover.
You are the newborn baby
and the old one lying on a deathbed,
You are all of these and more,
always, all moments.
On the path, you see which one
you have chosen to be in this moment.
Choose wisely now.