Travel Beyond/Widen the World

I gave birth to him then to her,
watched them grow as their new eyes
sparkled to view the world.
Trust deepened, love widened our hearts,
from babes, to teen, young man, and woman, 
we bonded at birth, then traveled beyond.
They learned from us as they grew,
words formed; dreams emerged
as each leaned in, then pulled away. 
A road must be taken
to free the spirit, to widen 
their world and test their wills.

We stayed connected, a door wide open,
when need arose we were there.
We watched, we waited, we celebrated 
as their own babes were born to hold, and
that which opened their hearts to their new.
The circle continues as their youth grow, now
ask to let go and watch them take their leave. 
When does it evolve from parent to child, 
to parent to parent, to parent to friend,
from you to me? We learn from each other, 
as the door left open allows us to be, 
who we are, not the role.

Now we meet for lunch and museum tours,
we discuss our lives, the challenges, the joys,
the achievements, the gains, the hopes, and fears.
This journey of life has given us those who
journey with us in various ways, but 
it is grace indeed that has allowed me to see
how this man and this woman grew from a seed. 
Feeling pride as I observe theses lives, I see
choices made from where they birthed
that mirror ours from so long ago,
and admire their ways of improving the task,
their own creative spirit that walks at their side.

Each are more than child to me, 
we are all fellow journeyers, 
seeking all that we can be.

“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” 

Anne Frank

“I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms, allow them to take the subway… let them be better people, let them believe more in themselves.” 

C. JoyBell C.

“Your children are not your children.
They are sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. 
They come through you but not from you.
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.”

Kahlil Gibran

Ongoing Resource List: Reading for Heart and Mind

  • St Francis of Assisi: Brother of Creation by Mirabai Starr
  • Wild Wisdom Edited by Neil Douglas-Klotz
  • Earth Prayers From Around The World, Ed by Elizabeth Roberts & Elias Amidon
  • The Tao of Relationships by Ray Grigg
  • Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom by John O’Donohue
  • 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.

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