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Books

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Still searching for the book
that has the answers…
I search in
ooks on self-love,
books on forgiveness,
books on leadership,
business,
emotional intelligence,
magic.
I read and I read and I read.
I keep searching
for that one piece of information
that will save me.
Then it occurs to me,
Maybe the book I need to read
is the one I need to write.

Perfect Revelation

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For so long
I have seen my sadness as the enemy,
a sign that something
wasn’t working in my life.
And now, with this new perspective,
I’m being told that my sadness is a friend,
a sign that Life
is working through me
to transform me,
to peel away the excess
and reveal the essence of who I am.
I guess all of my prayers
and my hours of meditation
were really me trying to be good enough
to gain some leverage
and negotiate with God.
What if there were no escape?
What if this was all meant to be,
and what if all the answers
to all my questions
were locked up inside me,
waiting for me to accept
the initiation that will open
my consciousness to their
perfect revelation?

The One Who Listened & Answered

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On my cushion this morning,
I reached my arms up to the sky
as if some being,
some divine parent,
would swoop down
and scoop me up.
I said, crying,
I’m ready to let go.
I’m ready to forgive.
I’m ready to move on,
I’m ready to heal.
Please help me.

Somebody must’ve been listening,
because this afternoon
I came across some TED Talks
on finding your life purpose.
I was inspired.
I cried.
The tide turned.
I remembered who I was,
who I am,
and I felt a surge of great hope
for the woman I can be.
This evening,
for the first time in forever,
I wanted to eat,
and I took pleasure in my food.
Taking my meal outside,
looking up at the great blue sky,
I remembered
this life is full of possibility.
After my meal
I took out my journal and pen.
The twilight enfolded me
in its gentle embrace
as I wrote words of
praise and thanks
to the one who listened,
and the one who answered.

The Pure Water of Self-Knowing

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More questions.
More books.
Still more of everything.
I read a few pages,
I pause to consider,
and then one of my kids
needs me.
Where was I?
I pick up another book,
read a few pages more.
Will I ever get to the bottom of this?
I start to wonder
if all the answers
to all of my questions
aren’t already inside of me
and I’m using the books
to distract me away from that realization.
Could I trust myself
to get still and pay attention
to what is alive in me in this moment?
It seems that that most helpful guidance
doesn’t come from a book
but instead flows
from the Source within.
Could I open to this source
and let it pour from me
to bless the world
with the clear, pure water
of self-knowing?

Isn’t That Better?

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You might go to the ends of the earth
and still never find the answer.
You could ask the wisest teacher
and still not know who you are.
Stop all this frantic searching
outside of yourself.
The answers are within.
Get still, close your eyes,
be quiet.
Listen.
There now, isn’t that better?

Find the Answers

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Mindfulness gives you the space
and the clarity
to help you choose a response
rather than reacting to life
the way you’ve always done.
The unconscious shame, blame,
anger, guilt,
the incessant comparisons–
We can shine the light of awareness
on all of these and more,
and each experience
can be an opportunity for awakening.
The question is not,
Am I worthy?
–because your worth was never in question.
The real question has to do with this moment–
What am I feeling now?
What is happening?
What are my senses telling me?
And what will I do with this information?
You have matured on this path
enough to ask the questions you need to ask.
Now go my friend,
go on and look inside yourself.
go and find the answers.

All Along

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When you are tired and lonely,
when you are weary
and the journey seems far too long,
When the world is fraught with danger,
who steps in to remind you
that all is well?

Who gives you the hugs
and the reassurance you need
to take a deep breath
and carry on?

Who looks into your eyes
with compassion and kindness?
Who holds you
and whispers You are safe?

Don’t search outside for the answers.
Become very very silent and still.
Just wait,
wait very patiently

And little by little you might find
that the one you seek
is the being you are

The happiness you have been waiting for,
the compassion
gentleness
kindness
and strength
have been with you all along.