Posted by: Lisa | June 1, 2017

Yin/Yang

yin yangThis orb, orange and blue,
sun and moon – yet an eye
appears to be – streams
through space and time,
a perfect balance, harmony,
of fire and water. Yes,
a union of opposites living
within and without. See.

All that can be perceived has but one main purpose:
to be perceived. (Yoga Sutra 2:21)

Posted by: Lisa | May 28, 2017

Memorial Day 2017

We also remember those in biblical times and modern times that died in spiritual battles in Jesus’ name.  We remember all those before us who are now Saints​ cheering us on…..

The Catholic Church calls this the communion of saints.  It includes all those, living and dead, who are soldiers for Christ.  Spiritual battles are more real than any other type of battle because they are going on all the time.  Even in Yoga, we have a series of “warrior” poses that build strength, flexibility, stamina, and balance – to enable us to fight.  I’ve had students ask me why we have warrior poses when Yoga is supposed to be about peace and love.  Well, it’s because of the spiritual battles that we need to be strong enough to fight.

Yes, we remember all those who have battled on earth and are now with Christ cheering us on.  If they did it, we gain courage to believe we can do it, too, when we stay connected to the Lord.  He is the vine, we are the branches.

There are people among us walking around feeling suicidal for years without acting on the thoughts/urges.  THAT is an intense spiritual battle!  These soldiers know that suicide would be the easy way out.  It would be running from the battle, going AWOL.

May we stay and fight for as long as the Lord keeps us here.

Posted by: John | April 12, 2017

Win or Lose

Hen pecked and rooster bruised
No matter how we pick and choose
Sometimes we win, sometimes we lose.
We go thru life without clues.

Posted by: John | March 17, 2017

Sanctuary II

Can the silence of the sanctuary serve to shape
my soul to soar to greater heights?
Or will I sink to even lower levels in my life?
I’ll explore surrender rather than a fight.

Posted by: John | March 2, 2017

Special Navy

Did you know that Perdue – the chicken company – has its own navy?
Yep. Chicken ships.

Posted by: John | March 1, 2017

Soaring Prayer

I pray that you might catch
a blue sky thermal in your glider ride
of life that will lift you up
out of the doom and gloom of the ground
on which we all stand and carry you
to new heights amidst the puffy white clouds.

Posted by: Lisa | February 27, 2017

Listen

Round and round my mind
goes, perceiving and then
veering into darkness,
finding a hand-hold and
then slipping into voids
nested within each other.
Truth exists sure as light
exists; goes on forever
just as Love does, waiting
for no one to trust or
to feign belief. Here
my feet trace spirals
of green then red then white
promising flight thru dark
valleys of questions yielding
an occasional Aha! amid more
questions and persistent echoes
of solid footfalls. Listen.

Posted by: John | February 26, 2017

Sanctuary

The silence of the sanctuary
is so overwhelming I’m left breathless.
Waiting for answers. Will there be any?
If not, then what?
Silence

Posted by: Lisa | February 10, 2017

Open Space

This poem was published in the Fall 2013 edition of WestWard Quarterly.

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Open Space

Cruising city streets,
sudden awareness
of open space

On a corner

Once boarded-up
century-old home
now a flat
brown rectangle
dotted by white
and yellow triangles –
glittering in the sun –
remnants
of walls, paint

All that’s left

To remember
lives born, loved,
died within.

Stories once contained
– now fly free –
in this world or
the next.

Posted by: Lisa | January 16, 2017

Plans

She said:
If I can’t be the things I want to be,
I’m not sure I want to be.
Ah yes, a dilemma for many years now.
That ballerina dream faded
and nothing else really appeals.
Nothing. So the task is to keep ego quiet
and just do what God wants done —
stick around on this earth for as long
as God so ordains, though all seemed
finished years ago. There are other plans
unknown but no less real. Indeed more real:
Dedicate yourself to sharing Peace, Love,
and Light in small ways each day.

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