And if You Think You Still Can’t Meditate…

Cup of black coffee alongside notebook depicting hand drum, with tube of paint, a pen, some cloth, threat and needles

Long ago I relinquished worrying that I "wasn't meditating right." A natural nonconformist, my meditation approach expanded from the traditional lotus pose (ouch) to alternatives that work for me --- like fixating on the moment, hand drumming, movement meditation, even my morning Qigong practice where I more easily stay focused on the swirls of circular …

Mother Nature’s Meditation

Unripened and ripened blueberries on a bush

Sun warming Breeze cooling Skin. Eyes scanning Unripened green to apple rose’ Locking in The prized deep purply blue. Wind chimes whisper Somewhere nearby Cars whoosh Momentarily Here and there. Children laugh And ring the bell. Sun warming Breeze cooling Skin. Eyes scanning Each ripened berry In view. Totally in the moment There’s no other …

Multilingual without Words…

I communicate in many languages.  But my lexicon doesn't contain words per se.  No, I'm not talking about texting but of a communication so beautiful no words are necessary. In seasonal poetry gatherings each of us brings a random poem to read aloud.  The words we share are not our own but the understanding we …

Busy Body Meditations

You hear a lot about the benefits of meditation these days but that incessant mental chatter is reluctant to give up center stage.  Foregoing a lobotomy, what is one to do? Sitting cross-legged on a cushion to meditate was as agonizing for me as soaking in a hot bath.  (I can't wait 'til it's over.)  …

The Authentic Life of Nature

Driving home on this rainy Saturday evening, the windshield wipers are paragraphs separating my thoughts.  I’ve been hand-drumming for 3 hours in a drum circle at the local health food store.  Some of the participants I’ve known for decades, others I met today. The face of my friend flashes through my mind.  We lunched earlier …