the idea of karma…

“People get into a heavy-duty sin and guilt trip, feeling that if things are going wrong, that means that they did something bad and they are being punished. That’s not the idea at all. The idea of karma is that you continually get the teachings that you need to open your heart. To the degree that you didn’t understand in the past how to stop protecting your soft spot, how to stop armoring your heart, you’re given this gift of teachings in the form of your life, to give you everything you need to open further.”
― Pema Chödrön


Who’s to Blame?

…things fall apart and…

“We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart.”
― Pema Chödrön

photo taken in Santa Fe, NM

David Whyte

What to Remember When Waking

In that first hardly noticed moment in which you wake,

coming back to this life from the other

more secret, moveable and frighteningly honest world

where everything began,

there is a small opening into the new day

which closes the moment you begin your plans.

What you can plan is too small for you to live.

What you can live wholeheartedly will make plans enough

for the vitality hidden in your sleep.

To be human is to become visible

while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others.

To remember the other world in this world

is to live in your true inheritance.

You are not a troubled guest on this earth,

you are not an accident amidst other accidents

you were invited from another and greater night

than the one from which you have just emerged.

Now, looking through the slanting light of the morning window

toward the mountain presence of everything that can be

what urgency calls you to your one love?

What shape waits in the seed of you

to grow and spread its branches

against a future sky?

Is it waiting in the fertile sea?

In the trees beyond the house?

In the life you can imagine for yourself?

In the open and lovely white page on the writing desk?

—David Whyte

Tsoknyi Rinpoche, “Open Heart, Open Mind”

Essence love… stands beyond all the names we call ourselves and the roles we play in life: son, daughter, father, mother, husband, wife, and so on. It’s not something manufactured, nor can it be destroyed, because it emerges spontaneously… It may best be described as a very basic sense of well-being, which, if nurtured properly, can extend to a kinship with all other living beings. –Tsoknyi Rinpoche, “Open Heart, Open Mind”

Dalai Lama

“Warm-heartedness reinforces our self-confidence – giving us not a blind confidence, but a sense of confidence based on reason. When you have that you can act transparently, with nothing to hide! Likewise, if you are honest, the community will trust you. Trust brings friendship, as a result of which you can always feel happy. Whether you look to the right or the left, you will always be able to smile.”

Why I Weep….

Why I Weep….









I weep for the frightened child who has never known kind hands

I weep for the women too scared to leave a violent man

I weep for those who sleep in the cold

I weep for the hearts that are closed and guarded

for those whose anger defines their days

I weep for those who find solace in the bottom of a bottle

or hand full of pills

I weep for those who have no voice

for those that don’t know freedom

I weep for the man who never heard “I love you” from his father

I weep for the young Haitian women who lost her home in the earthquake

and at 19 feels that her life is over…she was gang-raped

my tears cannot save her

I weep for the unloved animal left by the road

I weep for the suffering we all create

I weep for the land and trees that are trodden down

I weep for our ancestors, for the suffering they passed down


I weep for the love I have found in my own heart

I weep because I thought love had left me

I weep for the next sunrise

I weep because I am human

I can weep

I can laugh

I can let go

I am human

-Jen D

Thich Naht Hanh

Putting the Little Pain to Sleep

The rain is falling softly,

I  listen deeply to the sorrow within myself.

Please go to sleep, my dear little pain.

Let me embrace you tenderly and let my

in-breath and out-breath continue to lull

you to sleep.

Day and night I water the seeds of compassion

and forgiveness, so that tomorrow the

flowers of joy can bloom.

Go to sleep, my little knots; tomorrow there

will be a transformation and we shall be

able to help love to be reborn again.

Thich Naht Hahn-

What if….

Eve Created in God's Image Tote Bag

Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.-Alice Walker