I have always found company in poetry, quotes, things wise friends of mine have scribbled on birthday cards, and brilliant passages in cherished books.  Here are some that have brought me closer to myself, led me to forgiveness, and beckoned my muse in those lucky moments when inspiration visits.  I hope you enjoy…

A Great Affair

The great affair, the love affair with life,

Is to live as variously as possible,

To groom one’s curiosity like a high spirited thoroughbred,

Climb aboard and gallop over the thick sun struck hills every day.

It began in mystery and will end in mystery,

But what a savage and beautiful country lies in between.

– Diane Ackerman

With That Moon Language
Admit something: Everyone you see, you say to them, “Love me.”
Of course you do not do this out loud, otherwise someone would call the cops.
Still though, think about this, this great pull in us to connect. Why not become the one who lives with a full moon in each eye that is always saying, with that sweet moon language, What every other eye in this world is dying to hear?
– Hafiz

“There are beautiful wild forces within us. Let them turn the mills inside and fill sacks that feed even heaven.”

–St. Francis of Assisi from Love Poems from God

“And still, after all this time, the Sun never says to the Earth,

‘You owe Me.’

“Oh break my heart; oh, break it again, so I can learn to love even more again.”

-Rumi

Inside everyone is a great shout of joy waiting to be born.”

-David Whyte, The Winter of Listening

“We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.”

– Tom Robbins

“…heartbreak may be the very essence of being human, of being on the journey from here to there, and of coming to care deeply for what we find along the way. Our hope to circumvent heartbreak in adulthood is beautifully and ironically child-like; heartbreak is as inescapable and inevitable as breathing, a part and a parcel of every path, asking for its due in every sincere course an individual takes, it maybe that there may be not only no real life without the raw revelation of heartbreak, but no single path we can take within a life that will allow us to escape without having that imaginative organ we call the heart broken by what it holds and then has to let go.” -David Whyte

“My definition of bravery in that case – or courage – would be the willingness to stay open to what you’re feeling in the moment, the willingness to feel what you’re feeling.” -Pema Chodron, Fail Fail Again Fail Better

Slicing Potatoes

It helps,
putting my hands on a pot, on a broom,
in a wash pail.
I tried painting,
but it was easer to fly slicing potatoes.

– Rabia of Basra

“Love these questions.  There is spirit’s beautiful mystery that is guiding.  You are not supposed to get what you want.  You are here to wake up.  You are here to learn to love more deeply.  You have a team here to remind you.  That you for choosing me to be on your team.”

– birthday card from a friend

To Come Home To Yourself

May all that is unforgiven in you
Be released.
May your fears yield
Their deepest tranquilities.
May all that is unlived in you
Blossom into a future
Graced with love.

-John O’Donohue,
To Bless The Space Between Us

“Stop treating your creativity like its a tired, old, unhappy marriage (a grind, a drag) and start regarding it with the fresh eyes of a passionate lover.”

-Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

For a New Beginning 

In out of the way places of the heart
Where your thoughts never think to wander
This beginning has been quietly forming
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.

For a long time it has watched your desire
Feeling the emptiness grow inside you
Noticing how you willed yourself on
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.

It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the grey promises that sameness whispered
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent
Wondered would you always live like this.

Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream
A path of plenitude opening before you.

Though your destination is not clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is one with your life’s desire.

Awaken your spirit to adventure
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.

– John O’Donohue

“Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won’t adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is to sign on as its accomplice. Instead of vowing to honor and obey, maybe we should swear to aid and abet. That would mean that security is out of the question. The words “make” and “stay” become inappropriate. My love for you has no strings attached. I love you for free.” – Tom Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker

“Creativity is sacred, and it is not sacred.  What we make matters enormously, and it doesn’t matter at all.

We toil alone, and we are accompanied by spirits.

We are terrified, and we are brave.

Art is a crushing chore and a wonderful privilege.

Only when we are at our most playful can divinity finally get serious with us.

Make space for all these paradoxes to be equally true inside your soul, and I promise – you can make anything.

So please calm down now and get back to work, okay?

The treasures that are hidden inside you are hoping you will say yes.”

– Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

We are humans. We want to be close with other humans.

We want to love.  Fiercely.  Wildly…yet safely.

We are messy. And beautiful.

Our hearts are boundless.  Unbridled and free.

Wild stallions in the deserts of our longing.

They know no limits.

It is our fear, not our heart, that contains us.

Our love simply dances that forever dance of fiery passion and innocent abandon.

Can we let it?