Towards Aliveness

“Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet confinement of your aloneness to learn anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you.” – from “Sweet Darkness” by David Whyte Move towards aliveness. As best you can, keep moving towards it. Resist the pull to the middle, miles from the edgeContinue reading “Towards Aliveness”

The only place where things are real

I hope you will set aside 20 minutes and take in what is a perfect introduction to David Whyte‘s work. A poet and philosopher, and a longtime consultant to leading organizations, he begins by talking about the “conversational nature of reality.” It’s a phrase that may seem esoteric but the meaning of which is fundamental toContinue reading “The only place where things are real”

Liminal Space

“The word liminal comes from the Latin word limen, meaning threshold – any point or place of entering or beginning. A liminal space is the time between the ‘what was’ and the ‘next.’ It is a place of transition, waiting, and not knowing.” – While liminality often comes with a sense of urgency toward the new,Continue reading “Liminal Space”

Go Do It

This week I have written about industriousness, initiative, reinvention and responsibility. I have written about the way that human beings come alive when they feel free to take meaningful, appropriate, even obvious actions in support of necessary change. In reflection I understand that these various expressions are all shoots of the same vine; each an attemptContinue reading “Go Do It”

Poem for a Sunday Morning

Some poems lodge themselves within us and at the right moment, given the smallest opening, emerge to break down the last few bricks that enclose revelation. This is one of those poems for me. I have heard David Whyte recite it many times, always commenting on how totally un-Irish it is for an Irish poetContinue reading “Poem for a Sunday Morning”

Poem for a Sunday Morning

In early 2016, as I was putting the finishing touches on a collection of blog posts and essays that I would publish as A More Daring Life, I knew that I would begin the book with the poem, A Course in Creative Writing by William Stafford. Accompanied by Mary Oliver and David Whyte, Stafford is the thirdContinue reading “Poem for a Sunday Morning”

Mary and David Say

Mary and David Say Who are you to be curious about your future self? Who are you to peek through your fingers as you hold them against your face? David Whyte says that “the world is meant to be free in.” Mary Oliver invites us to “announce our place in the family of things.” DoContinue reading “Mary and David Say”

Follow the Breadcrumbs

Every time you speak and in every way that you act, you are telling us who you are, what you care about, how you are made. Consciously or not, you are always dropping a trail of breadcrumbs for yourself and others to follow that will lead to a deeper understanding of you. I didn’t realizeContinue reading “Follow the Breadcrumbs”

Poem for a Sunday Morning

TWICE BLESSED So that I stopped there and looked into the waters seeing not only my reflected face but the great sky that framed my lonely figure and after a moment I lifted my hands and then my eyes and I allowed myself to be astonished by the great everywhere calling to me like anContinue reading “Poem for a Sunday Morning”

Move toward aliveness

“…anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you.” – from “Sweet Darkness” by David Whyte Move toward aliveness, in all ways and at all times. It’s the only way to stay present, to stay vital, to stay engaged, to stay young…in mind, heart and body. We are pulled, pulled,Continue reading “Move toward aliveness”