Want to join me in meditating?

I’m going through some tough stuff right now and I’ve found that the Oprah and Deepak Finding Your Flow free meditation series is helping a lot. The three-week series started seven days ago and it’s not too late for you, if you’re interested, to join me. If you start today you’d have two more weeks to go. I like it because they make it easy. Each session, starting with Oprah and then Deepak introducing the centering thought and the Sanskrit mantra for the day, lasts no more than twenty minutes. Deepak minds the meditating time so all I have to do is close my eyes and keep repeating the mantra until he rings a little bell that indicates it’s time to release the mantra. He speaks again after the meditation period about the day’s centering thought, and then closes the session with Namaste. Today’s session title is “Finding Consciousness.” The centering thought is “My consciousness is universal consciousness,” and the mantra is “Sahasrara Im” or “I am … [Read more...]

A new poem from Esalen

Looking down from the road I spent five days last week writing poems at Esalen, a beautiful site high on a cliff in Big Sur CA. I go to this particular workshop almost every summer. Led by poets Ellen Bass, Dorianne Laux, and Joseph Millar, I always learn some lessons about writing poems, I hear excellent poems read by my fellow poets taking the workshop with me, and I never lack for something to write my poems about. This year I wrote six poems using prompts given at the end of each day’s craft talks on: 1) a coming into consciousness poem, 2) a poem with sentiment and no sentimentality, and 3) a poem using various line break and syntax techniques. We also beg our leaders to give us a list of ten words and an assigned phrase with which to create a poem. Once in a while we’re asked to include our pick of a body part, season of the year, or time of day. Writing to a list of words is like solving a puzzle. But sometimes the poems turn out just plain silly. This year I wrote … [Read more...]