Movements in Change

I write today from my experience of living in the United States and with sensitivity and awareness that I am at a distance from war and those who are in the middle do not have the same luxury of choice for all that my poem portrays. In the words of Martin Luther King, we are all “tied in a single garment of destiny”. My heart goes out to all, wherever we find ourselves in this global dilemma as we teeter on the edge.

Movements in Change
by Janis Dehler
Our president declared 
Armageddon is close.
How is this different 
from what we already know?
What do we think?
What do we do?

Feeling anger at bloodshed
with no control over this war,
I breathe it through,
go where the answer lies, 
center there and listen now
for what I can do.

With a threat to tear down,
I move to build,
eat lunch with a friend,
talk to my grandson,
text my daughter about birthdays,
kiss my husband goodnight.

Choosing love over fear,
I feel my power grow,
find how it is to be used,
paint a landscape,
look at the full moon,
loose myself in beauty.

I smile, laugh, listen to another, 
feel the other’s sorrow as well as the joy,
express gratitude, rejoice in the day,
sing a song, write a poem,
care for another who comes my way.
It is what we do.

We look fear in the eye,
we feel alive,
we gather round 
all that is dear,
we spread our love
and know we have more.

We embrace our moments 
We live them with care.

“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.” 

C. JoyBell C.

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance.

John Lennon

“Fear doesn’t shut you down; it wakes you up” 

Veronica Roth, Divergent

Ongoing Resource List: Reading for Heart and Mind

  • Unconditional Love and Forgiveness by Edith R. Stauffer, Ph.D.
  • Keep Going: The Art of Perseverance by Joseph M. Marshall III
  • Art & Fear by David Bayless & Ted Orland
  • Quantum-Touch by Richard Gordon
  • The Van Gogh Blues: The Creative Persons Path Through Depression by Eric Maisel, PhD
  • The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit
  • Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith by Kathleen Norris
  • 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.

2 thoughts on “Movements in Change”

  1. It is very hard to just go on living my life knowing what is happening in other places on this earth. With no control over it and no way to really help.

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    1. It is interesting to think that there have been horrible events throughout history and life goes on. With technology, it is daily in our face and while it is good to know it is too much to know when there is nothing we can do.

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