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Love More Open

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A part of my healing journey
has been to loosen up a little
on some of my routines.
I have been accused of being rigid,
too attached to my routines,
and each time I felt the urge
to defend my practices
if not out loud,
then inwardly, to myself.
As I began to peer inside a little more,
I could see how my routines were sometimes fillers,
excuses not to be completely present,
because I could check out
as I attended to them…
and so this need to defend my practices
came from anxiety that they might not be serving me,
and the pain of feeling like my time spent doing them
was a complete waste.
Then again…
Is there such a thing?
Could it be that my practices served me then,
but I eventually outgrew them,
and now they no longer serve me
the way they did before?
Could I drop the shame around change?
Don’t we learn by making mistakes?
Can’t I ease up about being perfect, being right,
and instead, can I welcome this moment
with my heart that yearns to love more open?

A Better Tomorrow

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Welcome little one!
We are so happy you are here.
Let yourself be held and nourished.
Let yourself rest in the safety
of your mother’s arms.
Grow at your own pace.
See with those fresh eyes.
Stand and walk only when you’re ready.
Let your needs be known
and let them be met.
This world is a good place,
and you are divinely ordained
to be here in this moment.
Sweet little soul, welcome.
Let your light shine,
reminding us
why we hope
for a better tomorrow.

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My twin sister, who lives in Hawaii, just gave birth to her second child, a son.  I wish I could be there, but hopefully my poem creates a wave of welcome that the child can feel. Birth is such a miraculous, marvelous experience; just thinking of my new nephew’s arrival sends fresh inspiration through my being.  May he have a good, long life.

You Are Home

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Return home now.
When you are out
wandering the world
and you feel lost, alone,
scared, helpless,
simply return home.
But where is home?
Ah, now that is the real question.
Home is where you can find peace,
love, acceptance, nourishment,
rest, a sanctuary,
a warm welcome.
Is home a physical location?
What happens if your dwelling place
were suddenly washed away
or blown away, or blown up
or torn down or taken away?
Do you have no home?
Are you now homeless?
No! You will always have a home.
Sit. Close your eyes, get quiet, get still.
Sit taller. Take a deep breath.
Look inside, look deeper.
Home is where you can find peace,
love, acceptance, nourishment,
rest, a sanctuary,
a warm welcome.
Home is wherever you are.
Home is YOU.
You are HOME.