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Someone on the ground floor is worried about intruders in the dark, so we have a new prison-yard spotlight.

I know how fear holds peace hostage with the threat of harm.

And I miss the stars.

Conflict (6/24/13)

Don’t be so quick to jump into the fray.New York rain

Inside the melee you see only the next blow;
From a space outside, you can see the battle.
Stepping back is the best strategy
When you have lost sight of the whole.

You underestimate your opponent
When you think of him as evil,
And waste your energy, your heart and your essence
In opposition.
Without them, you are your enemy.

In a conflict, success comes from staying in the center.

©2013 Deborah Valentine Smith

Love isn’t Exclusive (5/25/14)

The Old Sage, Chapter 3

Love isn’t exclusive.

It neither accepts nor rejects.

There is no “good” and “bad” inside its spaciousness;

What is, is.

Can I acknowledge all my parts?

That’s wholeness.

~From the Old Sage, 3. DVS

Waking peaceful and grateful for all my blessings today,

I’m resting in golden light like sweet, nourishing nectar.

I am joyously expanding this light to all my relations…

And then I get stuck,

When I try to include her inside it.

Irritation and anxiety arise,

A reaction that is hardened and old.

She could strike out at me

Like a rattler from under a rock.

To take her in, I’d have to be willing to die.

I can’t make the feelings go away,

So I include the irritated and anxious part of myself

Inside the golden light, just as I am.

I love myself anyway.

I can feel the hardness softening as that part of me expands, a little,

Into the space vacated by judgment.

And then a miracle happens.

Now, I can include her as well, as she is.

And I am at peace.

Meditation:   Begin by watching your breath, not changing it or judging it; just paying attention to it.  As you settle into its rhythm, imagine yourself in a cocoon of beautiful golden light. Take a roll call of every part of yourself to make sure they are all included, whether you like them or not. Just let them be as they are. Return to the breath.

©2014 Deborah Valentine Smith

Spring! (4/16/14)

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It is Spring!  It is!

Two days ago the trees outside my window were full of buds.Late the next night I saw that the buds had turned into leaves silhouetted by an almost full moon.Those snowflakes last night were  were just the weak parting shot of a long, cold winter. The tiger lilies know. As they send their shoots up through the soil outside my door, they remind me that my body knows what they know. I just have pay attention.

©2014 Deborah Valentine Smith

More About What You Might Find Here (8/4/15)

dvsheadshotgerald.My plan is to post something here at least twice a month. Each posting will have one or more of these parts:

  1. A verse from my book-in-progress, Guidance from the Old Sage. My favorite book on Taoism is The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff, so don’t mistake this for another scholarly translation of the Tao Te Ching. It is just I what heard the old sage say when I asked about my own life, my family, or working with other people. I fully embrace my imperfect interpretations, because even though flawed, they have given me insight, perspective and peace. Regarding terminology, I read “The Great Mother” and “The Tao” as other names for “The Great Mystery” of Native Americans, “The Emptiness” of Buddhism ,” and the Judeo-Christian “God.” Whatever words we use, “it” is formless, full of compassion, gives birth to all things and, when you get right down to it, can’t be named. I’ve mainly called it “Love.”
  2. A piece from another book-in-progress, taken from my anatomy and physiology course by the same name, Western Body, Eastern Mind, Integrated Anatomy & Physiology. This will be on some aspect of Chinese Medicine from the perspective of Western Science. Or vice versa.
  3. Teaching Stories about people, acupressure and Chinese Medicine that I use to illustrate stuff in teaching.
  4. Short, easy Meditations  for the reader.

©2015 Deborah Valentine Smith

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