Poems for Healing

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Have you lost your smile?

I have lost my smile….

But don’t worry.

The dandelion has it.


~~Thich Nhat Hahn~~




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Slow down…..pause….go in and in……You might be surprised.  🙂 

Go in and in.

Be the space

between two cells,

the vast, resounding

silence in which

spirit dwells.

Be sugar dissolving

on the tongue of life.

Dive in and in,

as deep as you can dive.

Be infinite, ecstatic truth.

Be love conceived and born in union.

Be exactly what you seek,

the Beloved, singing Yes,

tasting Yes, embracing Yes,

until there is only essence;

the All of Everything

expressing through you

as you. Go in and in

and turn away from

nothing that you find.


~Donna Faulds

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Rumi again (who else?)

There’s something very reassuring about this poem.  Maybe the way it speaks to the rhythm of life; the ebb and flow, opening and closing, inhaling and exhaling, rejoicing and grieving, loss and gain…

Your grief for what you’ve lost lifts a mirror

up to where you’re bravely working.

Expecting the worst, you look, and instead,

here’s the joyful face you’ve been longing to see.

Your hand opens and closes, and opens and closes.

If it were always a fist or always stretched open

you would be paralyzed.

Your deepest presence

is in every small contraction and expansion,

the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated

as bird wings.

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Rumi’s Guesthouse

This is the #1 poem that I share with my psychotherapy clients.

The Guest House
(Translation by Coleman Barks)
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be cleaning you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
Because each has been sent
As a guide from beyond.

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