When my son was very young I used to pick him up after school. When he spotted me he would race across the playground and launch himself joyously into my arms. It broke my heart open in the best possible way each and every time and was the purest example of trust and love I’ve ever known. He never entertained the slightest doubt that I would fail to catch him and cover him with … [Read more...] about Airborne
“Settle down, children. Tonight I’m going to tell you the story of and the giraffe and the Tree of Life.” “What’s a giraffe, grandfather?” “An animal with a very long neck. Quite beautiful and gentle, they were.” “Where did they live, grandfather?” “In a place called Africa, alongside lions and elephants.” “What’s an elephant, grandfather?” “A wondrous beast, young ones. Very … [Read more...] about A Fable.
This is what I’ve learned over the course of a long life: the finest teachers and mentors can only take you so far. There comes a point at which the next step is yours and yours alone. To take another person’s journey as your own would be as unnatural as wearing someone else’s skin. So you lift one foot and the questions descend. “Can I do this alone? What if I don’t like … [Read more...] about Traveller, there are no paths. Paths are made by walking.
And the crowd below gathered to jeer. “Come back down, you fool!” “Look at that rickety ladder. It can’t possibly support you.” “Jump!” “Why can’t you be like other girls?” She ignored them and kept climbing. Their mocking laughter eventually grew too faint to hear. And while they strutted and sneered and profaned the Earth, she touched the moon, And liberated us all to do the … [Read more...] about LADDER TO THE MOON
We are on a luxury liner equipped with every convenience a modern traveler could desire. We can climb rocks, eat haggis, call our brokers and dance under the stars. There are no Somali pirates here, no bird-killing oily froth. We are equally comforted by the churning of the sea and the groaning of the buffet tables. A few of us spot a glimpse of white far in the distance. We … [Read more...] about ICEBERG To Greta Thunberg, with love.
I have often – too often – felt like a tourist in my own life, pausing long enough to take a snapshot or buy a tacky souvenir, but not to see or do or learn anything memorable or enduring. I dressed the part, too. In my youth, my passport to the unexamined life bore many, many stamps. I have been battling this tendency as I’ve gotten older, and I’m declaring 2020 as the … [Read more...] about REVOLUTION Resolution
To the thoughts, beliefs and attachments that served me once but no longer do:I release you. To those ill-willed people who turned out to be valuable teachers, although that was not their intent:I release you. To the proud and mighty Lords of Fear who vanished when finally confronted:I release you. To those parts of my past that keep me from attaining full flight:I release … [Read more...] about I Release You
The world isn’t made up of atoms. It’s made up of stories.” – Muriel Rukeyser On January 20th, 2009, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. I would have loved to watch it, but I was otherwise engaged, busy fighting for my life. I received a triple bypass that day. Given the sad state of my arteries, it was miraculous that I hadn’t … [Read more...] about Heartfelt
Beyond the prayer mats Beyond the namastes Beyond the benedictions Beyond Rumi’s field Beyond the analogies Beyond the tautologies Beyond the hallelujahs Beyond Time, the preserver and destroyer, Beyond the Veil Beyond the barbed wire Beyond the all-forgiving Silence Beyond the painted-on cheerfulness Beyond the Zodiac Beyond the work of the woken And almost beyond the reach … [Read more...] about Beyond.
Suppose there were a camera capable of recording, at the precise moment of death, the sum total of the love the dying person had generated throughout his or her life. There would be no possibility of Photoshopping or otherwise distorting the data. The miraculous camera would take into account factors like child abuse, war, grinding poverty, prejudice and other things that might … [Read more...] about The Love Camera.