Monday Morning Poem

I know the truth by Marina Tsvetayeva I know the truth – give up all other truths! No need for people anywhere on earth to struggle. Look – it is evening, look, it is nearly night: what do you speak of, poets, lovers, generals? The wind is level now, the earth is wet with dew, […]

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Monday Morning Poem

excerpt from Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman This is what you should do: Love the earth and sun and animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the […]

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Monday Morning Poem

Autobiography in Five Short Chapters by Portia Nelson Chapter 1 I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost … I am helpless. It isn’t my fault. It takes forever to find a way out. Chapter 2 I walk down the same street. There is […]

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Chanukah – 5771 – 8 days of practice

Make for me a holy place that I might dwell within you, that I might dwell among you.  shemot 25:8 Chanukah — A time to for us to remember ourselves as the Mishkan, the dwelling place of the Divine Presence. To remember that all of us are sacred vessels, formed and shaped as we are so our […]

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Monday Morning Poem

Book of Hours, I, 18 by Rainer Maria Rilke Why am I reaching again for the brushes? When I paint your portrait, God, nothing happens. But I can choose to feel you. At my senses’ horizon you appear hesitantly, like scattered islands. Yet standing here, peering out, I’m all the time seen by you. The […]

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Monday Morning Poem

Content by David Ignatow I should be content to look at a mountain for what it is and not as a comment on my life.

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A Thanksgiving Meditation Practice

Although we all have an internal wisdom, few of us are prophets. We don’t always dream of what lies ahead, and we often don’t follow the dreams and destinies that present themselves. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a day when many of us gather with family and friends and feel grateful. Grateful for our capacity to truly […]

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Monday Morning Poem

Any Morning by William Stafford Just lying on the couch and being happy. Only humming a little, the quiet sound in the head. Trouble is busy elsewhere at the moment, it has so much to do in the world. People who might judge are mostly asleep; they can’t monitor you all the time, and sometimes […]

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Monday Morning Poem

Mindful by Mary Oliver Every day I see or hear something that more or less kills me with delight, that leaves me like a needle in the haystack of light. It was what I was born for – to look, to listen, to lose myself inside this soft world – to instruct myself over and […]

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Monday Morning Poem

Enough by Jeffrey Harrison It’s a gift, this cloudless November morning warm enough for you to walk without a jacket along your favorite path. The rhythmic shushing of your feet through fallen leaves should be enough to quiet the mind, so it surprises you when you catch yourself telling off your boss for a decade […]

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