Tag Archives: Rilke

Bewilderment That Invites the Possible


Every Wednesday, the middle of the week, “Hump Day,” the one which must be gotten over, Parker Palmer shares his wisdom over at On Being. The poem he selected, and this sentence in particular, caught my eye. Continue reading

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Metamorphosis and Sadness


I promise a more thorough accounting of my shoulder injury: what happened and what’s wrong. Suffice it to say that yesterday I received some very bad news, and that I appear to be in this for the long haul.…

There are two things that I would share right now, a selection from Thomas Merton’s The Way of Chuang Tzu (New York: New Directions, 1965), and an excerpt from Rilke’s “Letters to a Young Poet.” Continue reading

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Inner Wisdom


Still the inner knowledge is always there: how good the grass is and how soft. Continue reading

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Morning Yearning


Ben Harper’s gentle evocation of the beginning of our daily routine seems very resonant on this the last day of summer. On this chilly morning I am reminded of the Rilke poem I discovered on Olga Rassmusen’s blog last year, … Continue reading

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Existential, or Seasonal, Angst?


Last night I was feeling a little bit of existential, or was it seasonal, angst. Something about the quality of the light and the length of the day, and knowing that they won’t be getting longer for a while weighed … Continue reading

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Another Autumn


Another autumn has arrived, and I have scarcely noticed. I did not note its arrival for my Friday classes and I am remiss. Like Olga Rasmussen, to whom I have turned this morning for inspiration, I have been so caught … Continue reading

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The Winged Energy of Delight


Torn leaf of Basho Four poems lost to me right now Who could have done this? Lately, every time a yoga teacher reads a poem in savasana, whether I have heard it before or not, it has gone straight to … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Anusara Yoga!


Today is the 14th anniversary of the founding of Anusara Yoga, marked by the day when John Friend, on retreat at a Siddha Yoga ashram in New York, wrote his vision statement. Among other things, it also is the date … Continue reading

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Life Imitates Art


Today on my morning constitutional, I discovered that not only are the blossoms impermanent, on a tree about which I blogged. but the entire tree is gone. Apparently it has been cut down. I’m so glad I was able to … Continue reading

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Morning Walk Haiku


This morning, as I was on my somewhat soggy constitutional, as has been my habit during this spring cleanse, I spied a very tall cherry tree (desperately in need of some pruning). Into my head sprang some phrases I shaped massaged … Continue reading

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