Don’t worry about getting it right
because you can’t get it wrong… Just make it through this. You don’t have to try to be good, because you can’t be bad, you are a human being… Just make it through this. Throw out all goals except this one: To breathe slowly and deeply as many times as I can remember, through all the days of my life. The outcome is assured. Relax. Breathe. You’ll make it through this.
C’mon, admit it to me—
You weren’t in love with the routine anyway!
You ritualistically grumbled
At the dawn of each new day
And resented the tasks asked of you.
C’mon, be honest, admit it—
You didn’t have much to lose!
Only your attachment to control,
Your belief in an uncaring universe,
Your inability to recognize how blessed you were.
Let’s be frank with one another.
This whole global pandemic is a gift!
It’s an opportunity to slow down and see
The lies you were telling to you
The lies I was telling to me.
Listen closely to me.
THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY.
An opportunity to be free.
To slow down and see what really matters to you.
What really matters to me.
Slow down, beloved. Breathe.
It’s all good, you see?
Just relax. Look around you. This moment. Don’t try to figure it all out. The moment is always changing, and the understanding you have now is different from the one you will have tomorrow. It is enough to just be who you are. It is enough to just breathe. This moment. Look around you. Just relax. Just breathe.
I keep reminding myself to breathe
a little more deeply
to soften my belly
and open my heart
and trust in this moment
My mind wants to learn a new way
where relaxation is the norm.
My body remembers some ancient trauma
that my grandmother’s grandmother’s grandmother remembered
and it needs to be convinced
that it’s safe to relax.
This opening into being has no beginning and no end, only limitless bliss for those
brave enough to walk the path.
May I be blessed with courage to allow Spirit
to express its fullness through me,
serving love in open hearted devotion,
relaxed into the deepest breath of the cosmos.
It’s ok for me to feel sleepy
and too tired
to get up
from the couch
It’s ok for me to dream
and feel uplifted
about what’s next.
Somewhere between the couch
and infinite possibility
there is my divine purpose,
my ultimate destiny.
There is some work to be done.
May I do it cheerfully.
One day he said, “I want a divorce”
and went down to sleep in the basement.
I thought I would die.
I lost sleep, I lost weight.
He moved out.
He introduced our children to his girlfriend.
I thought I would die.
I asked why God would let me suffer.
I worked hard.
I secured a rental home in my kids’ school district.
I kept praying and meditating.
I want it to get easier.
I want the healing to go faster.
Life takes its time.
Healing takes its time.
My job is to surrender now.
Life delivers lessons
whether we’re ready to learn or not.
Sometimes difficult people show up
to reveal to us where we’re still stuck.
We should thank these people.
If we’re interested in evolving,
the most difficult people
are our greatest teachers.
God bless our teachers,
whoever they are,
however they arrive,
however difficult they are,
however bitter the lessons they teach.
In the end it all leads us back
to our own sweetness
and the love that holds us
in every moment of our learning.