Tag: poetry

SAVOR digest 1-17-21

Welcome to the new SAVOR digest – an appetizer plate of what I’ve taken in or discovered* over the past week, gleaned from research, community resources, and current events. I’m now loosely organizing content into three categories (HEAL, GROW, and SAVOR), to better align… Continue Reading “SAVOR digest 1-17-21”

Feast on your life

A favorite poem that I like to read aloud at the beginning of each year: Love After Love The time will come when, with elation, you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror, and each will smile at the… Continue Reading “Feast on your life”

Feast on your life

In an episode of On Being, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction founder Jon Kabat-Zinn (one of my first teachers as a new mindfulness-based psychotherapist) reads aloud Feast on Your Life, by the acclaimed poet Derek Walcott. I thought of this poem while I making final updates… Continue Reading “Feast on your life”

Still I rise

Today I yield this blog to the Congresswoman from the 14th District of NYC, and her sisters of color in the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Barbara Lee referenced a verse from this famous Maya Angelou poem and during these difficult times, I think… Continue Reading “Still I rise”

On Gratitude

I’m a lover of Sun magazine; their collection of poetry and prose continues to astound me. In one of this month’s essays, a series of letters exchanged between Ross Gay and Noah Davis touched me deeply with their expression of intimate, loving masculinity. I… Continue Reading “On Gratitude”

the earth is a living thing

Some days I need poetry just as much as I need the garden. I’ve read a little of Lucille Clifton but in a new book I recently ordered – “Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry,” edited by Camille Dungy, a whole… Continue Reading “the earth is a living thing”

Why we’re here

The Peace of Wild Things When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake… Continue Reading “Why we’re here”

Savoring flowers

  The lilac is blooming, and the rain has lifted. Amazing how each garden transition is like a birth. Just like each breath, and each day. Last night I hosted a short silent meditation session for my Mindful Self-Compassion community, and I read Mary… Continue Reading “Savoring flowers”

A self-compassionate first aid kit

Recently, my 9-year-old daughter came home from school and shared an event that had happened during recess while playing a game known as “deadly tick tock” on the tire swing. She’d flashed back to a memory of our family’s car accident the July before,… Continue Reading “A self-compassionate first aid kit”

The Journey

Are you willing to pause, and listen, and re-connect? “…And there was a new voice, which you slowly recognized as your own, that kept you company as you strode deeper and deeper into the world…” Mary Oliver – The Journey, in DREAM WORK (1986)