our challenge continues as promised! three poems from me and three poems from selena inspired by our time meditating. enjoy! xoxo
in the flow with oprah & deepak
nine, ten, & eleven
my life energy is bringing me pleasure, my life energy organizes life effortlessly, & my life energy is love
om rakini namaha – ‘i activate my happiness’ * om lakini namaha – ‘i activate my power’ * om kakini namaha – ‘ i activate my love’
(these poems have also been posted on my blog, charly writes)
for day nine
my mind is too noisy for this message,
for the mantra, and the meaning.
my mind moves from thought to thought,
to the to-do and the not-quite done.
my mind has no room for this today,
no room for stillness and quiet.
and yet i still sit, silently hoping
somewhere there is a hole, a space
where this message can sneak in,
where the mantra can softly repeat
until the mind gives in and receives it.
this message, this mantra, my mind
does not want to hear is one we all need.
it is one some of us need to fight for.
it is one some of us feel more easily than others.
this mantra, this message, reminds us that
happiness, our happiness and pleasure,
can come from within, from our own energy
which is why my mind does not want to hear it
today, and not tomorrow, because she rather
not work on the inside, rather not listen and feel
what is already within. my mind yells over
the mantra, the message.
she doesn’t want the extra work.
but i still hear it. softly.
like a heartbeat. steady.
and one day, i know,
my mind will let go and listen.
for day ten
sometimes the mind has other plans,
other mantras it would like to place
on repeat and though you sit in silence
and try to use the words given, your mind
finds others. in the moment, you may not know
why the mind has chosen to overrule itself
why your silence should be interrupted by
these words, this message, but you listen anyway.
today i sat, breathed, and closed my eyes.
today was about power.
activating the strength,
the powerful energy that exists
inside. and today i closed my eyes
and began to repeat the mantra given
my mind had other plans.
breathe. love. write. it whispered.
that is where the power lies inside.
breathe. love. write.
breathe. love. write.
for day eleven
lover, lay down with me so we can close our eyes
and see the stars that grace us with their presence.
lover, lay down with me so we can see the green
that surrounds us, proof of other loves in other times.
lover, lay down with me so i can feel your warmth
and energy next to my own, so i can watch it grow.
lover, you may not know me
or maybe you know me too well
lover, you may be outside me
or maybe you’ve been inside all along
lover, we may never kiss
but our words may mingle and our energies
may caress each other.
lover, lay down with me
and let me love you as
i love myself.
A Pleasure to Be Peeled
Waxy skin, dimpled
bright in the sun
Cool to the touch,
in cupped hands, kissing a nose
Turn it over, find the groove, scoop a nail beneath.
A spray of mist whispering delight
only partly revealed.
Unfurl the peel, uncovering slivers
from whole to parts.
Flesh covered in a newborn’s sheath,
fibrous white finery
Its cleaves beckon, encouraging community.
Half for you,
a piece for her,
a peace for me.
Plump crescents sheathed in gossamer skin
that daintily give way
to the summery gush
Liquid sunlight transforms me
into a universe lit from within.
Life giving, life sustaining
a world unto its own
and the seeds of us all are planted.
Elements are born,
fused, formed and recreated.
Within me resides this power.
I breathe stardust,
Let us shine
with the strength of our birthright.
“This is love.”
A warm, caring smile
A connected, inspired joy
A gentle, subtle relief
A filling, nourishing power
A light, sweet laughter
Two heady, entwined, flames
The sweetness of airy laughter
The warmth of a caring smile
The subtlety of gentle relief
The creative energy that fills and nourishes
The inspiration in a joyful moment with a kindred spirit
The heady perfume of two flames entwined