The longer arm points to the camp
where I find prejudice and hurt
in the personal and local
I’m not so naive
as I’m growing, discerning
what to say
what to be thankful for
what to look to: a spiral of fear or the good that always comes
what feeds my spirit Continue reading Depths of my inside world
Miles from civilization
I take the world into my arms
I am washed on the wash
laid to bed, disentombed
dreams not parked
release a force
out into the world
a welcome mat
for shamans at the edge
of poetry that saves
lives with questions
evoking the holy mystery
of the soul
a call to open
to my changing heart
to my true
A poem caught with my writing friends at Self as Source of the Story, December 1-7, 2015, with Christina Baldwin and Kristie McLean. Continue reading For shamans at the edge
Story is sacred food: this is what community leaders found in Durant, Oklahoma, a small American city, as they embarked on a journey to step more fully into who they truly are, and lean into who they want to be.
As they settled in to their work together, some meeting for the first time, others have the conversation for the first time, a hosting team of Canadians, and Oklahoman and a Californian. We first broke bread together, and after the meal we sat back to listen, from the edge of the circle, to each voice, and the story of what brought us together.
Here’s the essence of our starting point for a journey that will take months and years:
Sacred Food Story is sacred food a sacred pride in community in personal generosity I’m a live one serving, giving the spirit of home in my heart to the promise of Durant to the promise of being here where I choose to be to grow with our family of well-being standing out (of our own way) we are live ones embracing the village story on our shoulders our sacred food
What truly nourishes you?
What is your sacred food?
The poem/blessing I caught during a wonderful ceremony for a friend who marked the transition to the second half of life: her 60th birthday.
Blessing for Katharine I am always always good enough with no end to the infinity of nurturing I offer I deeply treasure the happiness in peace open to my true nature healing whole-heartedly with grace and compassion I am a fairy godmother alive with (my) stories
I have to laugh. The moment I feel I finally have a clear sense of purpose and direction in my work, the universe delivers a tantalizing carrot, enticing me to other work, testing my resolve.
Before this carrot arrived, I called a circle of 14 remarkable people, to begin a dive into an evolutionary purpose I sense we serve for cities: to create the conditions for cities to serve citizens well, and for citizens to serve cities well.
Each of us, in our own ways, are in the throes of discerning the work we are called to do for our city.
Here’s what I caught in our closing words before parting. A carrot of potential…
A carrot of potential A carrot of potential personally inviting me to grow the innovation in me stretching amalgamating energy in the heart of the dragon here, in me in my city emerging me in an ensemble growing a whole journey _____
The words “alternative prosperity” are alive in me today. As I’m contemplating the work that I want to be doing in the coming year, it is about so much more than money – the usual form of measuring prosperity. What about all the other things?
What about the time I get to play with my family?
What about the time I get to flop around in bed, read a book, play in the snow, ride my bike?
What about the charge in my soul when I get spend time with fabulous people and we do great work together?
What about the great pioneering feeling I have when I understand something for the first time, and it fills me with joy?
What about the thrill of being paid to be me?
What about the feeling after an intense three day meeting, when I leave with more energy than I had when I arrived? The words I caught in our closing check-out circle were wise:
Alternative prosperity Welcome in the layers of a rippling universe of blessings in a fire bursting nursing what’s to come caring to ride the alternative prosperity that accelerates magic vows healing joy welcoming the layers of a rippling universe _____
A poem caught in the closing circle of fantastic business meeting last week. Wow.
The work we have to do together is to be ourselves. This is what my local community of practice realized this fall, when we took some time to settle into the purpose of why we make the effort to meet each month. Here’s what our circle had to say to us:
Stretch and fold A spiritual shower of inspiration and energy falling in rest and replenishment of the soul a pause where our only responsibility is to stretch and fold the agency of community the currency of relationship to host wholehearted wholeness
[They] sought to create art that consciously responded to the world events surrounding them. All saw art as a form of spiritual quest.
I found these words in the Seattle Art Museum’s (SAM) pamphlet on their summer exhibition: Modernism in the Pacific Northwest: The Myths & the Mystical, describing the work of Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, Kenneth Callahan, and Guy Anderson. As I explored their work, and the text provided by SAM, here are some juicy bits:visualizations of the world in flux, of the human spirit transcendent, or of the cosmos. If there was any hope that the world could survive the threat of annihilation, . . . it was found . . . from the closely observed cycle of life. . . . symbols . . . through close observation of the world around them – in the energy of the wartime city or in the fight for survival that defines the natural world. . . . . . the visual language of Northwest Coast people as a . . . lexicon of symbols for conveying universal brotherhood, a common spirituality and a belief in the primacy of the laws of nature. . .
And I was compelled to see how the titles of their artwork could fit together:The mythic and the mystical form follows man, a rummage of moving moments riding on the mountain in the white night searching for the morning dove of the inner eye to find on the seventh day the seed was in itself
And Seattle? She was beautiful too. She is her own artwork.
A change in perspective
a journey of surprise
deliberate or not
either way it calls
shadow to light
flow and movement
for which I can
A poem caught while spending time with my community of practice last night.
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