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Some of the poems that were shared during reflection time:

Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.

David Wagoner, from Traveling Light: Collected and New Poems

Everything Is Waiting for You
(After Derek Mahon)
Your great mistake is to act the drama
as if you were alone. As if life
were a progressive and cunning crime
with no witness to the tiny hidden
transgressions. To feel abandoned is to deny
the intimacy of your surroundings. Surely,
even you, at times, have felt the grand array,
the swelling presence, and the chorus, crowding
out your solo voice. You must note
the way the soap dish enables you,
or the window latch grants you freedom.
Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity.
The stairs are your mentor of things
to come, the doors have always been there
to frighten you and invite you,
and the tiny speaker in the phone
is your dream ladder to divinity.

Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into
the conversation. The kettle is singing
even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots
have left their arrogant aloofness and
seen the good in you at last. All the birds
and creatures of the world are unutterably
themselves. Everything is waiting for you.

David Whyte, from Everything is Waiting for You

Anne Stadler's offerings:

The Gift Exchange (a rumination on Rumi's The Guest House)

This being human is a gift exchange

Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

Some momentary awareness

Comes as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they're a crowd of sorrows

Who violently sweep your house

Empty of its furniture.

Still treat each gift honorably.

It may be clearing you out

For some new delight!

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,

Meet them at the door laughing

And invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes

Because each has been sent

As a guide from beyond.

AND Rumi also invites us:

Out beyond ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing

There is a field.

I'll meet you there!

Here's the Poem that was gifted to us by people who were at Sleeping Lady before we came. Thanks to Jowyn!!

by China Galland

There is a goodness, a Wisdom that arises,

sometimes gracefully, sometimes gently,

sometimes awkwardly, sometimes fiercely.

It will arise to save us if we let it.

And it arises from within us like the force

that drives green shoots to break the winter


It will arise and drive us

into a great blossoming like a pear tree,

into flowering, into fragrance, fruit, and song...

Into that part of ourselves

that can never be defiled, defeated or destroyed,

but that comes back to life,

Time and time again.

That lives always,

That does not die.

AND ONE MORE that I read at a recent Leadership Charette!!! It is SO APPROPRIATE for our work!!

FIRE, by Judy Brown

What makes a fire burn

is space between the logs,

a breathing space.

too much of a good thing,

too many logs

packed in too tight

can douse the flames

almost as surely

as a pail of water would.

So building fires

requires attention

to the spaces in between,

as much as to the wood.

When we are able to build

open space

in the same way

we have learned

to pile on the logs,

then we can come to see how

it is fuel, and absence of the fuel

together, that make the fire possible.

We need only to lay a log

lightly from time to time.

A fire


simply because the space is there,

with openings

in which the flame

that knows just how it wants to burn

can find its way.

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