He might have been thirteen. I saw him chasing the newly-feathered Starling in the street, hunched over with his hands cupped and outstretched. He caught it, and it perched happily on his finger, half fluff and half feathers. I was walking with my children. He was out of breath, clearly shaken and red-faced. A nearby … Continue reading Dead Baby Birds; A Lesson on Mortality
It’s sunny and hot on my head, back, and legs. I’m laying on the ground, face down, aware I’ve left my sweater on. My dog is a Northern type and shedding profusely, but he still wants to lie right by me. I put my blanket down on the grass and he plopped down. Now he’s … Continue reading Rural Tensions
Teachers, parents, employers, healthcare providers, and gurus: I’m talking to you. Each child, student, employee, or person in your tutelage looks to you for guidance. Why did you go into teaching, management, parenting, or healing? I bet it was not to broadcast bitterness, burnout, negativity, or constrained thinking onto humanity. I imagine you were once full … Continue reading You get to fan ONE flame.
In Loving Kindness, or Metta meditation, we’re supposed to wish people well, including the assholes who cut us off in traffic and the ones who don’t clean up after their dogs. It’s a method to contribute to the healing of the collective; raising our own vibration in the process. It might allow us to, over … Continue reading Eff Loving Kindness (In the words of an anonymous associate one particularly dreary evening.)
This is a previously published piece that was updated for Medium and posted there for Medium members on February 27, 2018. It’s returning here to rest on The Heart Opens for my followers, and the people who have seen this story through it’s various transformations. For that followership and encouragement, I thank you. Copper over … Continue reading Opportunity Knocks
He’s always been a sweaty kid; a hot sleeper with wet hair, wrapped so tightly around me that I know I’m in the exactly right place. Now he’s bigger. It’s summer and we live in the desert. We curl up on the couch to peruse the very complicated rules of the Pokémon Trading Card Game. … Continue reading Sweaty
Hello! Some of you know I’ve been writing on Medium, in addition to The Heart Opens. Here are a few housekeeping tips for followers: First, I’ll be writing almost everything on The Heart Opens and then importing the posts into Medium, so you will not miss much. On Medium, I will be posting from behind … Continue reading Broader, Softer