Book Testimonial: Cancer as Spiritual Teacher

Your words touched my heart. Hopefully, they also touched my cancer. I am trusting they did. You’re right we will try anything, even poetry, when we have cancer. This made me smile. While I agree that the spiritual pilgrimage approach to cancer healing is best, it’s all out warfare when we are desperate to survive and grow stronger. Thank you for sharing your book and your cancer journey. You inspire me!” ~Melody, Birmingham, AL.

Forgetting myself

For just one moment,
I forgot myself–
Who I am,
Who I think I am, and
Who I think others think I am.

It was a relief–
To be free of myself, and
All the things associated
With who I think I am.

For one moment, I had the chance
To be something thoughts escape,
Something time doesn’t own,
Something with no need to die.

Note: Honoring the teachings of Jack Kornfield.

Latest Comment on Riding Wild Horses

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I thought I’d share the latest comment on my newest book, Riding Wild Horses: “Originally I bought your book because I love horses, and my wife and I have supported the protection of the wild horses for years. When I started reading your book, I figured out that not only did you provide insights and advice about the wild horse situation, but you spoke to what wild horses symbolize to horse lovers and everyone else. Keep writing. Love your pithy poems. Sincerely, Len and Wendy” Riding Wild Horses is available on Amazon. com.

New Poetry Book Announcement: Riding Wild Horses

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Good Morning Friends, I am pleased to announce the release of another new poetry book, entitled “Riding Wild Horses, Haiku Poems on Living with Passion and Mindful Heart.” In addition to almost 100 haiku poems, it contains some of my photographs and drawings, and some commentary on “mindful heartedness” and the wild horse situation in the American West. The book is available on Amazon and through other online book retailers. Click here to learn more.

Asking for Help

Why do we wait so long
to pray for the help we need?
Rest assured there are no perfect prayers
that must be memorized and said perfectly.
“Dear God, help me” is the perfect prayer,
with the right intention behind it.

Admitting there is a Higher Power–
One larger and more powerful than us,
is the perfect beginning point.
Knowing that we need help,
coupled with the willingness to ask for help,
is the perfect start to receiving help.

Being able to recognize help when it arrives,
is requisite to the help helping us.
Allowing the help we receive to incubate,
and fill our healing cocoon is vital
to our help taking hold and transforming us.
Let’s not wait so long to ask for help next time.

A New Path with Heart Ahead

A new plan ahead for my life–
I feel it brewing in my soul.
Longings first in the mist,
then faint singing voices from afar.
Memories rise, then they fall,
‘cross roaming fields of yesterday.

At times, it takes a wake-up call–
Things both strange and familiar–
A sudden brush with death, or even
a child’s first sweet whispered words.
Each a sign, a new path ahead–
One filled with heart and soul.

A place I’ve been before, very long ago.
A partial clearing now in view, and then
a sprawling patch of cheerful wildflowers along the edge
of the narrow winding path, up the hill it goes.
There I stop, in silence listen–
The mournful wail of bagpipes, echoing across the glen.

A new beginning, all this says–
An unknown path with heart calling out to me:
Walk this way in your life,
just beyond what you know.
Fear not, for I will walk with you,
till new feet on this path you grow.

Prayer #3

God give us the vision to see reality,
and to know the truth in a living way.
Grant us the wisdom
to know ourselves and others
in a loving and kind way.

Help us transcend our pain and suffering
by using them to grow stronger
in compassion and empathy.
Help us see the world in all its beauty
without judgment and attachment.

Help us replace our pride with humility,
and live in a fully human way.
Protect us from our own self-doubt,
ignorance of higher purpose,
and for underestimating our own true potential.

Prayer #2

God help us to see past our blind spots,
including our limited view of You, others, and ourselves.
Forgive us when we didn’t sacrifice enough for others,
when our compassion fell short,
and when we could only love conditionally.

Forgive us when we didn’t thank You
for the precious gift of life
You have given us.
Help us use our gifts to honor You
and bring about goodness in the world.