The Inner Garden

I plant the seeds carefully using rich soil and compost— tomatoes, beets, radishes, tatsoi, arugula, cucumber and patty pan squash. Then I wait. Soon the tiny seedlings appear. They push up through the soil, a miracle of fragile green! Every morning I go out, check...
The True Home

The True Home

  You dreamed of houses: A hacienda surrounded by a verdant ranch, An airy sanctuary perched on a hill, A wooden shack floating away in a river. In the dreams the house was your life. All activity centered around it— you mended stucco, planted lilacs, repaired a...
Thunder Claps

Thunder Claps

  Boom! Lightning strikes, thunder claps within. The assault ricochets through the body, drives downward to the ground, shakes the heart, weakens the limbs, until I shiver in my bones. I call to the Steady One. Suddenly, brightness illuminates my white-knuckled...

Row Gently

  I rowed this boat so darn hard, I must have broken a thousand oars on rocks and shallow depths, always trying, trying to get there to that shore of love, safety, and beauty. I rowed and rowed, flipped over and back up until my arms ached, my nose filled with...

Light the Whole Universe

“Poor me,” the voice in my head says. “If it weren’t for this, my life would be easy. I could be free, happy, full of energy and love.” “Really?” I ask the voice one day. “I mean…you’ve had this refrain for so many years… ‘Poor me, if only…’ “And yet that situation...