eyes at sunset
never stop penetrating
the everlasting moment …
just bow your head and be silent
© r.e.l. 5/19/12
Posted for Poetry Picnic 5/20-5/27/12
as epic as you are
you tick your way
through my ways of being
… yet not
i have a secret though
preferring the mist, the unknown
(that remains still
that remains silent)
i always find a way
to ignore you
© r.e.l. 5/13/12
image by simeon schatz
Posted on Poetry Picnic 5/20-5/27/12
be careful, don’t forget
you are gazing at the light
as you search for meaning
i come to you without me
without a sound
hidden behind no door
…enough of words
you are my precious moments,
rising together with us
© r.e.l. 5/8/12
image by s i m s h a
Posted on Poetry Picnic 5/13-5/20/12 on Jingle Poetry
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© r.e.l. 3/3/12
image by s i m s h a
posted for Poetry Picnic 3/4-3/11/12 on Jingle Poetry at Olive Garden
the way you move
through silent instincts
i remember your words
to the space
that only imagination
and bodies feel
then minds are still
© r.e.l. 11/16/11
Posted for Thursday Poets Rally 11/17-11/23/11 on the Promising Poets Cafe
what i said
© r.e.l. 8/30/11
image by simeon schatz
Posted to Poetry Picnic 9/4-9/10/11 on Gooseberry Garden
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walking away now
in a dream
where a shadow
misses your touch
f a i n t l y, with eyes closed
a fire burns, a purple hue
and its silence speaks
© r.e.l. 4/22/11
image on “suntrail” in mill valley, ca
posted for Poetry Potluck 4/24-4/30/11 on Jingle Poetry
i wondered, silently,
will i last through this next moment
in your presence?
drawn to you, still
forever in my memory
© r.e.l. 3/13/11
image “stormyard3″ – a lightning storm
posted on Poetry Potluck-3/13-3/19/11 for Jingle Poetry
you are a mystery and a mind who flies
among thoughts, reacting to time
in a body, yet not… memories
only a part of you because
you know there’s a space
between, that is silent
it will heal you if
you let it
you, before you do
for a reason unknown
but do it anyway because
it is your trip through life
we are more real every day
© r.e.l. 2/12/11
inspired by another soul
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posted for Poetry Potluck week 22 on Jingle Poetry
tell me how you do it
as a mystery
i asked for long ago
i prefer no answer
because i know you
are not done yet
telling the truth
and are as honest
as the way
when i first knew
in that fine moment
that with you
how could you not
be a secret…
you sighed through the sky
and i heard you say that
i’m still here
you are priceless
© r.e.l. 2/2/11
image “Lamp” by dab
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Posted for Poetry Potluck week 21 (2/6-2/12/11)-Aims, Goals, Ambitions on Jingle Poetry
to hear the silence of the ripples before the storm
and to know that you are always
the best part of you
…even if you aren’t sure
© r.e.l. 1/25/11
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posted for Poetry Potluck week 20: Peace, Relaxation, Spirituality on Jingle Poetry
you who have answers… or do you call them reasons…
reasons with questions that ask me do you always speak to me in colors that keep their beauty? through tears in paper that beg to know me?
through words, half spoken, half written, half heard but always known…
like the pages of time
i ask myself now, who am i?
but you know better, so i flip through the pages
to find you, to find me, to find the other half of me..
© r.e.l. 1/12/11
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Posted for Poetry Potluck week 18 (1/16-1/22/11) Languages, Signs and Symbols on Jingle Poetry
Received The Sunshine Award from Jingle Poetry
i am a silent observer
when you least expect it
you will feel someone
© r.e.l. 12/2/10
you, alone in your chair of green
looking at me as if…
you’ve known me all your life
you watch me with a loving stare
of sadness so deep, the tears have dried up
you believe in your world
made up amidst feathers
anything to make you feel safe
you ask me
please don’t ignore me while i sleep
© r.e.l. 11/19/10
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you said you love me and then …
and then i breathe
to find that your ‘no’ now is really fear
afraid of trusting the moment unfolding
the moment is beautiful, don’t you see
when i’m with you i see, i trust
when we’re apart sometimes it’s hard for me
it is like a bird flying away that i cannot capture
light yet i have a cage
trust me to return to you
i trust you
i’m on my way back already
you are weak and need me now most
i’m afraid to say so
you want to be in control and the one who decides
not the invisible hand of destiny
softly, she touches my life..
she knows you
yes, she is who i recognize in you
you leave me now with no voice
i am here to listen to your heart’s whisper
i feel your heart
silence is real
© r.e.l. 10/27/10
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the beauty of solitude.
finding your soul.
the answers are coming.
just lie here.
you will know what to do.. soon.
© r.e.l. 10/24/10
photo by Ricky Tran
take my hand
move forward with me
only because i whispered it
only because i asked you
© r.e.l. 10/23/10
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Posted on Poetry Picnic 8/28-9/3/11 on Gooseberry Garden
Are you a workaholic? Do you tell yourself that you work extra hours because you really need the money, or that your job really needs you, and that it’s ok to take care of all of “this” and not yourself? Because you do know that if you are working too much, you are acting like you are not very important.
If you need rationale outside of yourself in order to ease up, remember that NO ONE really gets the best of you anyway if you don’t nurture yourself first.
Or do you, for one reason or another, find yourself addicted to your computer whether it’s work or personal?
Maybe, without knowing it, you are covering up something basic in your existence and doing it through your work. Staying busy all the time with your work, as your purpose, can be like a drug that you continually allow to drive you. But you can beat it if you recognize who you really are.
Work some / play some, be around people / be alone, talk / think silently, be analytical / be poetic, yin / yang.
Moving your body is to move your mind too, as your cells flow through you and renew you. Stagnant or blocked energy can make its way through to expression as your life force regenerates and frees you.
The nutritional value of the food you put into your body, as well as the timing of it fuel the kind of person you become. Drinking pure water as often as you can during the day is a tremendous boost too. If you let blood sugar levels drop without paying attention, or if you let yourself get head rushes from too much stress (or caffeine), you can be harming yourself. Pay attention to the calories you intake to make sure they will get you through the day before it’s too late. Otherwise, unhealthy cravings appear as do routines that will lead you down the wrong path.
Are you able to sit alone with yourself, hearing nothing but your own thoughts? Can you sit there alone, doing nothing else, and eventually calm your thoughts? Learning to be alone and silent with yourself is just as important as any other nurturing activity in your life. You should set aside time in each day to do nothing but be silent and go inside yourself. Listen to yourself so that you can learn your magic that only you have the power to unleash.
Getting out of the normal working routine and mixing it up with friends is a great way to balance out your life. Better yet, do not even mention your work when you are socializing. And get out of the normal workplace as well.
Take time to express emotions that come to you, whether they are desire, happiness or anger. Blowing off steam with a healthy breathing routine, or running around the block, can help you tremendously with anger management. Calling a friend and having a good cry can be so releasing for your spirit. Writing a poem, watching a sunset, or vacuuming can too. Whatever it takes, whenever emotions arise… It’s important to express them in a healthy way.
Be easy on yourself. Break rules sometimes.
Rules are meant to be broken, especially if you are used to following them. And this holds true for your mind too. You don’t have to the perfect meditator, perfect parent, perfect yogi, or perfect anything. The whole list in this article, in fact, is about living a good life, but sometimes we need to have some vices or most importantly give ourselves a break in order to meet the best balance!
© r.e.l. 10/4/10
[If you liked this article, I suggest "a stressfree life"]
What has the internet done to our communications when love or friendships are involved? When the internet is so easily accessible, it becomes the first mode of communication where words take on the greatest of meaning. Do we become lost and literally zapped by the electromagnetic waves of the computer, losing touch with all other sources of reality that generate powerful feelings and connections in the first place?
To step aside from the exchange of words opens the mind to an extraordinary place where the conduit between two beings is instead in the stars and the cosmos. This reality brings a completely new aspect to a relationship that would not exist were it to simply revolve around communication via words.
Taking comfort in this unknown…
Love especially requires trust, touch, belief and full presence. How easy is it, when the other is not by our side, to replace needs that love craves with intimacies only found in words? Isn’t this a trap that has the potential to create craziness as the most tender and vulnerable moments arise and require immediacy?
What happened to the days of waiting months for a hand-written letter to arrive by horseback, with love in your heart?
Think about how hungry you can become for every word from a loved one, and how you desire complete dedication from this person. You may want to see it all summarized, maybe on your computer screen, so that your heart is complete! But is this possible? Isn’t it the energy emanating from the warm body that you desire, not words emanating from tin? Yet, with this accessibility, maybe you will live as if it is completely possible to be fulfilled in this manner and pursue it!
However, there is much to be said without words… that which can be most easily transmitted with silence and/or eye contact. While sitting right next to another person, eye to eye, we can feel reactions, reasons for hesitance and see the beauty in taking the time to say what is true in the moment (or transmit it in silence).
We can confirm what is true with words, but if we learn to put them aside and focus more on the unspoken, we can read a more powerful sentence… the energy of the universe.
To imagine a world consisting of sand and stars and people being those stars and connecting on that level is true unity…
© r.e.l. 9/21/10
Yoga is a great place to work on this. Some yoga classes are all about moving fluidly with your watery nature, and like a dance you find your way to a place of balance. This feels great and can also help us flow better with life, learning to move with what we are dealt and become one with it.
Life, however, deals us chaos and challenge sometimes. A challenging yoga class can help you mimic this challenge and give you the chance to relax into it and come out ahead of the game with your head on your shoulders.
A serious Ashtanga yoga class can be a place to find stillness and calm. When the teacher instructs with their voice or their rhythm to be serious, can you allow yourself to find softness in the strength? This is important, especially in your neck and trapezius muscles that support your neck — a common place to hold tension. Can you find the perfect balance between expansion and contraction of your muscles so that the end result is soft and still? If you cannot, your yoga could be harming you.
Can you find this perfect balance in your mind? In your spirit? It takes a lot of patience to traverse your oceans of time…
Now, let’s talk about other activities such as surfing. Surfing requires a lot of focus on paddling and learning how to ride nature’s gem: the ocean. She is pure fluid. Can you find the strength in your muscles to protect you, fuel you, and help you get the most enjoyment possible, while still remaining soft and fluid, especially in the back of your neck?
What about sitting at your computer doing a simple physical act of typing, while heavily and emotionally involved in your topic. Are you able to sit in balance? What if you are in the physical presence of a person who makes you feel insane? Are you able to stay balanced, soft and supple?
Are you able to take a step back and feel your tension and then remember that the key lies in softening, not in tension that only feeds anger? It is easier said than done. But eventually it can be a natural response.
Life is a journey. Yoga and other mindful activities can be a container for this journey. Having said that, your yoga practice can be a spiritual/psyche container while you are on your mat, and it can be a phenomenal experience at that! But ultimately, you CAN take your yoga into your life and really live it and be real with it……
Be real. It is the answer. Learn to live your life in stillness, despite chaos.
silence is a source of great strength
~ Lao Tzu ~
© r.e.l. 9/15/10
I am now facing my fears… going off the edge to find myself in the depth of who I am. If I am bold enough and I don’t turn back, this action will set me free.
In the dark shadows, I might sail through my depths as if a dream and find the silence I need in order to find the keys I have searched for all my life. The best stuff is at the very bottom.
More conspicuous and offset against the darkness, the gems and secrets will be easier to see or feel. Sometimes they will shine with luminosity like a beacon, and they have my name on them!
Maybe the bottom is a bed of soft sand which I can dig my bare feet into and feel rooted in myself like never before. I can call it the ground of my soul. To touch this part of me is to release all that I previously imagined was hidden.
It will then transform itself, no longer in the dark, if I invite it to be a part of my waking, conscious being.
Freedom lies in moving into those places that scare us most. We hold those fears not only in our unconscious minds; they show up in one form or another in our bodies.
I intend to isolate the manifestation of my fears as they disguise themselves and ail me with tension. Like an instinctual animal would, I will shake it off to get it out of me.
I will not let the ailment which arises define who I am. My blood, or my chi (Chinese medicine), should move freely and uninhibited as it bathes me with its life force.
Yoga and meditation help me. Yoga nidra is a guided visualization that takes one into the state of “wakeful” deep sleep. It is a sleep-like state that includes relaxation as well as the psychology of dream, sleep and yoga. This was a helpful guide to me just today.
© r.e.l. 9/6/10
Inspired by freediver Guillaume Nery and an amazing yoga class I just took today.
have a mind of their own
call to you
speak your name
invite you to gaze
knows your secrets
i am listening now
and i set you on fire
to the beat of your glow
you wish for me
i am here
now blow out your candle
and feel what i say
© r.e.l. 8/4/10
and it is no mistake
that you felt him looking at you
as if looking through
knowing all in an instant
more than once
as if to say to you silently
some day you will be mine
© r.e.l. 7/27/10
Posted for Poetry Picnic 8/28-9/3/11 on Gooseberry Garden
Dear heart, sometimes I wonder who I am. I feel like I’ve never done this before, like I am new to love. Sometimes I get too nervous as if my vulnerable child is coming out of her shell for the first time. And when I do, I feel like a hummingbird alone in the rain.
A silent moment asks me to breathe in all that I feel and ‘stay with me please’ with eyes looking into me. The answer is in the presence. To really feel the present moment with ease is to not worry about anything else but it. The answer is to not worry about needing to describe it in words, to anyone else or to myself. Those who share the moment too, will know exactly what I mean anyway. Silence speaks with a swirling energy between two people anyway, whether they are touching, across a room, or across the world. In that presence, another spirit is born… left to float off into the clouds at sunset but never to stop penetrating the everlasting moment.
© r.e.l. 7/24/10
Photo of Minnesota sunset by Michele Kamenar
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