What Dreams are made of..

Dream Clouds

I found an old notebook from 1987 which holds several pages of my writing practice, all unformed stories. Like a painting, I see a wash of words seeking to form something tangible that can grow and be understood, with a fair amount of meaning. Not all in this notebook will achieve that goal, but I was able to lift some words from one page and create a poem which gave me a measure of delight. I felt like I was reaching back in time, finishing a thought, signing it, and then, letting it go.

She Didn't Get The Winnebago

She knew a man who won the Readers Digest Sweepstakes, understood
it to be true, it could happen, but still, I thought it a hoax
and threw all those letters in the wastebasket when they arrived.

She said, hey, it only takes a minute.

Aw, I don’t care. I don’t live on dreams like that. I don’t know
the ideal amount of money to be made, or have a thought of 
the ideal home or car. So, I guess I would never make it
selling Amway.

But we tried once, in North Carolina. The man came over
all excited with his great sales pitch, saying if we sold enough
we could work up to a Winnebago. 

He had invited more people, so the room was full.
We went around and were to tell 
what our dream was—tangible only—
something you could buy.

I was sitting in the last chair, near the kitchen.
The list had turned to dream homes. I said sheepishly,
I don’t have a dream home.

There was silence. 
I felt people’s sadness and embarrassment
as they looked down at their laps.

I thought then that there was possibly something
wrong with me but as hard as I could try,
I could not build that dream home in my mind.

I guess that’s why I never worked up to that Winnebago.

©Janis Dehler


“Let Your Life Speak.”

An old Quaker Saying

“Life is a process; we are shaping it with every thought. Isn’t there a saying, ‘You can’t take it with you – money, prestige, possessions, power? The only thing you can take with you is your thoughts – in fact , you can not leave them behind. Therefore, the Buddha says, work on your thoughts.”

Eknath Easwaran, The Essance of the Upanishads

It is -10 with wind. My thought today is of warm sun and kayaking on a calm lake. Enjoy your gentle thoughts wherever you are!

On Going Resource List

  • Forever Ours: Real Stories of Immortality and Living by Janis Amatuzio
  • Personal Power Through Awareness by Sanaya Roman
  • Violence & Compassion by His Holiness the Dahlai Lama
  • Teachings on Love by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Devotions by Mary Oliver
  • To Bless the Space Between Us by John O’Donohue
  • Meditations From the Mat by Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison
  • The House of Belonging: poems by David Whyte
  • Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness, by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit
  • Soul an Archaeology Edited by Phil Cousineau
  • A Path With Heart by Jack Kornfield
  • Listening Point by Sigurd Olson
  • I Sit Listening to the Wind by Judith Duerk
  • Dancing Moons by Nancy Wood
  • The Soul of Rumi, Translations by Coleman Barks
  • Keep Going by Joseph M. Marshall III
  • Arriving at your own Door by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer
  • The Hidden Secrets of Water by Paolo Consigli
  • Conquest of Mind by Eknath Easwaran
  • Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay
  • Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t) by Brene Brown
  • Practicing Peace in Times of War by Pema Chodron
  • When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
  • On Death and Dying by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
  • Unattended Sorrow by Stephen Levine
  • Joy in Loving, Mother Theresa
  • The Joy of Living by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
  • Let Your LIfe Speak by Parker Palmer
  • Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • The Essence of the Upanishads by Eknath Easwaran
  • Welcoming the Unwelcome by Pema Chodron
  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through The Ways Of Animals by Jamie Sams and David Carson

Author: Mindful Contemplations

A weekly blog, in prose, poetry, or memoir, finding the sacred within the ordinary day to day experience. I offer inspiration and contemplation on the soul journey of the human spirit, diving deep and surfacing with hope.

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