Mindfulness Sweetens Our World — smilecalm

How wonderful that it is now raining in Northern California. From Native Peoples I’ve lived with, especially Hopi, I learned to express deep gratitude I feel for rains, which sustain all life. These current rains here are blessing us with clean air to breathe and putting out the devastating wildfire. Thank you land ancestors for […]…

Haiku by my mentor

I sent my dear mentor a copy of my book Haiku Moments. I was a little shy to send it when it was first published. He was and is a superb English teacher and I suppose I was reluctant because in many ways I am still a student of poetry. And where I welcomed feedback…

Three Mindful Quotes Related to the Happenings of This Week

“Sooner or later, everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.” — Robert Louis Stevenson can no longer resist.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero “May I stress the need for courageous, intelligent, and dedicated leadership… Leaders of sound integrity. Leaders not in love with publicity, but in love with justice. Leaders not in love with money,…

We share the same diversity

We share the sun We share the need to quench our thirst We share the awe of when we watch a full moon We share the lakes, rivers, oceans We share the same emotions We are more the same than different. If you think about it We share the same things in our planet We…

Quote

“Things are entirely what they appear to be and behind them … there is nothing.”                                                                                -Sartre…

Learning to Know Yourself

“He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.” -Tao te Ching A few years ago I attended a writer’s conference and during one of the workshops we were asked to write an “I am” poem. I remember feeling a little shy and frankly horrified. What would I write? I did not…

I’m Back With a Challenge

I apologize for my lengthy hiatus from the blog. I hope to continue to blog more faithfully from now on. I am putting my mind to it. Lately, my mind has been quickly distracted with so much that is going on in the world. I was actually feeling low and helpless at times. I feel…