Pointing Fingers

In moments of deep frustration, When my mind and body get agitated and impatient, I notice the thoughts that arise, The thoughts that will lead to my demise. She isn't doing her job right. It's her fault. Says one voice. They didn't design this tool right. It's their fault. Says another. When is this going... Continue Reading →

Living in Prayer

I pray and pray for my awakened heart to be liberated on behalf of all beings. And then, each moment, it is in movement, in action, that this prayer comes to life. See, a prayer is like a sweet whisper into the ear of the divine. A prayer is us telling our secret, our deepest... Continue Reading →

Come Closer, Loneliness

I woke up with loneliness in my eyes, in my heart. My immediate thoughts pulled me towards getting rid of the loneliness. To stop living alone, to see friends, to call someone. And the more these thoughts escalated, the more I pushed away the loneliness. Pushed it far away, looked at it as an unwanted... Continue Reading →

To You, Death

I wrote this in preparation for participation in You're Going to Die, an open mic night surrounding death, grief, and lost. I ended up deciding to get up on stage, not knowing what I'd say, seeing what wanted to come out. And yet, this poem wants to be shared. Dedicated to death, and to my... Continue Reading →

The Pull of Habits

For much of my life, I’ve struggled with emotional eating habits. I was surrounded by emotional eaters within my family, and around the age of fourteen, my older sister was diagnosed with a serious case of bulimia. I remember countless experiences of coming home from school and participating in her binging sessions, the only difference... Continue Reading →

Sweet, Gentle Heart

Sweet, gentle heart, I see in my mind’s eye, You are warm and held, Free to release that sight. No need to hold that heaviness alone, Our souls hold hands, Our stories are sewn. This tapestry is bigger than our eyes can gaze, Our minds can hardly conceptualize, The colors ablaze. Stories of our ancestors... Continue Reading →

Struggling to Not Struggle

We struggle to find the way to stop struggling. It's like the word trying - inherent in the word trying is a subtle level of resistance. If I'm trying to breathe, I'm probably not actually getting a lot of air. So how do we stop struggling without a struggle? Unfortunately, the only way to stop struggling is... Continue Reading →

A Thousand Miles of Space

Inequality is not being shy, It is staring at us straight in the eyes. And yet, we pretend and deny, Shielding ourselves from the obvious lie. That you and I were born with a head start, We didn’t have to do much to get on the chart. All kinds of food filled the grocery shopping... Continue Reading →

Part 2: Overcoming Forgiveness

In response to his second question: What role does Forgiveness play in your life? How have you overcome forgiving others, or forgiving yourself when no one else would? When I hear 'overcome', I could just sit here and cry, Realizing the need for us to fix, cure, and die. Overcoming is not what we need,... Continue Reading →

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