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Relentless Mind


I’m curious about this tendency of my mind
to fixate on negativity.
I’m noticing the effects of my thinking
on my body, my health, my perception.
I have read and learned enough about the brain
to understand we are hardwired
to continually scan our environment
for threats to our survival,
and to see pretty much everything as a threat…
it’s how our ancestors survived.
But I am interested in much more
than survival...much, much more.
I want to thrive.
I want to open fully into the light
of awareness,
to sing my life
and dance my joy
and love this place called The Universe.
All of the work I’ve done,
all the meditation,
all the writing, the therapy,
the Twelve Step Meetings,
and still my mind stubbornly persists
in seeing the world as a dangerous place.
Oh my mind,
will you ever relent?

Love & Fear


The more I try to get unstuck
the more stuck I am.
If I can relax, look around
and accept the fact that I’m stuck
then I can better find the way out
of whatever rut I’ve fallen into.
First, I look at my thoughts.
Is the story I’m telling
helping me to be happy?
If not, it’s time to rethink
my vision of this moment.
When I allow them to be,
everyone around me
is the love of my life.
When my heart is shut down
and I believe my fear thoughts,
even the most innocent souls
become my enemies.
How can it be that I have this much love
and this much fear in me
all at once?

Step Out Into the Open Field of Now and See


You are not who you think you are,
but don’t take my word for it,
experiment a little,
and see if this is true for you.
Try this:
Construct a box of your beliefs–
ideas about yourself,
perceptions of this world,
your life,
the people in it–
and then step into this box,
stay there a while.
Are you happy there?
Are you happy in this little box,
always staring at the same walls,
the same images,
always thinking the same thoughts?
Are you happy in this little box?
Now try this:
Step out of the box.
Flatten it, put it into the recycling bin–
you can always get another.
And now,
with this newfound space,
look around.
See the world as it is.
See the people as they are,
the universe as it is,
yourself as you are.
Are you happy now?
And maybe you’ll need
to go back inside your box
every once in a while,
that’s okay.
Spend some time there as needed,
but remember:
there is a whole big wonderfully fresh
wildly alive world out there,
waiting for you to step out
into the open field of now
and see.