The #MicroPoetry of the blog began as a creative practice in 2012. Using the confines of twitter’s 140 characters, this discipline has been a generative opportunity to use words to poetically muse. Starting in 2017, brief reflections became another way to explore the use of these verses as part prayer, thought, reflection, challenge or something in-between. I hope these monthly collections offer you space to be, reflect and consider how your own choices might help you and other #ShineOn.
Creation We are each entrusted with task blessed with choices made whether habit formed or with intention are acts of making that which was not
Inspired by embracing creation’s trust …
To create is a central blessing with which we are entrusted by Creation. This responsibility is a significant reminder that even if we are unaware of this or deny it, we are still creating. When we do so without intention, we must confront that what we create may in fact not be good for ourselves, need alone those with whom we journey in life. Awakening to this blessing, therefore, is an important milestone not just individually, but collectively.
Between doing & reflecting balance allows wisdom to reveal when deliberation is required & momentum begins In harmony attained reality we create
Inspired by knowing when to reflect & when to act …
Our doing and thinking can sometimes compete with one another. They can occasionally detract from one another. Other times, they can be an excuse not to do one or the other.
Yet these two faculties with which we are each blessed must complement one another for us to do that for which are here: create. To find this balance, the first step is to recognise that one must complete the other. On their own, neither thinking nor doing, brings into reality what they can do when harmony is sought between them.
Through mirror opaque or lenses sharp Whether blinder bound or opportunity abound That which we see depends on that for which we’ve so prepared
Inspired by seeing that for which we are prepared …
I find myself looking. I am not always certain for what, but I often find its about hope. It’s easy to see the opposite, it’s easy to hear stories that numb us to be receptive to seeing opportunity and possibility. In order to not be dissuaded or distracted, how we train, practice and commit to seeing the world takes on an import that must be recognised. Otherwise, we simply stumble though life’s unfolding bound by habits and patterns that control us, even should we think we are free.
From first awakening to life’s final waning change’s constancy continuously cascades revealing growth’s revelation if we recognise & so choose
Inspired by embracing growth’s invitation …
Do we walk through life perceiving only what we assume is there?
Do we endeavour to recognise moments that surprise and jar not as obstacles, but as teachers?
What might we learn if we embrace that change provides a lifetime of learning? That it adds rich textures to a life we are too often tempted to be numbed, even if indifferent?
To perceive what is obscured requires us to remove scales static & recognise future’s visioning where our shared dignity diversity so celebrates
Inspired by perceiving visions not yet apparent …
One ancient way of seeing anew is captured in the idea of removing scales from our eyes. I believe this means those things, whether habits or practices, voices internal or external, that limit our ability to perceive beyond simply what is, in order to imagine what might be.
As you walk into each new day, what are those things you need to let go of, in order to see with wonder and possibility?
Though discoveries new delight traveller seeking it’s in our eyes seeing anew that life’s voyage reveals not baubles bright but Spirit renewed
Inspired by life’s revealing voyage …
The practice of travelling, whether the inward journey or going from here to there physically, is an opportunity to be renewed to wonder and possibility. It might be easy to be distracted by the consumer component of the bucket list and souvenir acquisition but holding onto the intrinsic nature of seeking that which is new offers us a limitless reservoir. This, in turn, feeds the spiritual longing that binds us all to that which is bigger than any one person.
That which we repeatedly do is that which we are Whether by habit or discipline by our doing such is our being By what acts shall we be defined?
Inspired by thriving’s aspiration …
As you walk into this new day, pay attention to what you do to begin it.
Do you notice patterns? Triggers?
Does the routine bring you joy? Consternation?
If our eyes are open from the beginning of the day and pay attention, it become possible to recognise how our repetition creates the day we see and experience.
If you find you do not like that which you are seeing, where shall you begin to nurture that for which we aspire?
The Universe constantly turns with each choice ripples reach toward what will emerge When together we stones skip intention’s future wave rises
Inspired by stones skipping upon water’s surface …
Do you remember that first time you were able to skip a rock more than once over the water’s surface?
I recall being both excited and struck by how the ripples from each skip moved outward and merged. It was mesmerising.
I think our choices are like those skipping rocks of fancy. They move outward and affect the world in ways that we may not even appreciate. If each of our choices, when aligned, ripple, I wonder what we might create if we did so with shared intention.