The Road Not Taken

The first of the Seven Principles of Mindfulness in Healing is to be your own advocate for healthcare. What does it mean to be your own advocate? At its most fundamental level, it means traveling the road not taken. Check out these words from Robert Frost’s poem, The Road Not Taken. Two roads diverged in […]

Prayer for the Twenty-First Century

This Prayer for the Twenty-First Century was composed by John Marsden. It was choreographed and performed by the Dandelions Dance Company. The background music was from Ashana’s Ave Maria. I listen to this recording on my iPhone quite frequently. May the road be free for the journey, May it lead where it promised it would. […]

The Great Sleep

The Great Sleep Is that how it is? Resting, lying down, With pure awareness Of my in-breath, my out-breath, Solid and stable. The key to the door Of the four establishments Of mindful awareness Of my body, feelings, consciousness, And thoughts or mental objects, With each breath resting Evermore deeply, Until I am my breathing. […]

Tomorrow’s Child

This poem, called Tomorrow’s Child, was read by Ray Anderson in his Ted Talk on the business logic of sustainability. After presenting his idea to make his company rely on renewable resources and a goal to achieve a zero carbon footprint in a company that relies heavily on petrol, he read this poem from one […]

The Only Solution is Love

Happy Mother’s Day This poem is for all you mother’s out there. The Buddhist teachings tell us that we were all each others’ mothers in past lives. This makes today a celebration for everyone! The Only Solution is Love We have all known the long loneliness. We have learned that the only solution is love, […]

Be Nobody

Here is another poem from William Menza. He is a lay dharma teacher in the Plum Village tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Be Nobody Work to be nobody, But a humble unknown sage, Silently helping others, As best as you can. And like a bird Flying through the sky Leave no tracks, no […]

You Are Life Just as it Is

Here’s poem today from Mooji that teaches that you are life just as it is. Mooji was born Anthony Paul Moo-Young in Jamaica in 1954. He was a street artist in the “West End” of London town for many years. Sri Harilal Poonja, the renowned advaita master, or Papaji, as his followers call him was […]

Afflictive Emotions by William Menza

Here is another offering on afflictive emotions by William Menza. Bill is a lay dharma teacher in the Plum Village tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. He is now dealing with cancer and supposedly wrote this before he had any news about his cancer. Kleshas are mental states that cloud the mind and manifest […]

Love Letter to My Left Hand

[Editor’s note: Love Letter to My Left Hand is a poem by my dharma brother John Snyder. This was another poem shared on the Order of Interbeing Yahoo group in conjunction with two threads on mindfulness in healing: “Working with Health” and “Practicing with ALS“. These conversations were very lively and inspired many of my […]

A Purification by Wendell Berry

This poem, A Purification by Wendell Berry, was posted on the Order of Interbeing Yahoo group recently by a friend of mine. I was touched by its spirit of spring and beginning anew. As you may know spring is a very important time for me and each year I celebrate the vernal equinox. My celebrations […]