Baldwin on love

~ the heart of it

Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. I use the word “love” as a state of being, or a state of grace–not the infantile American sense of being made happy but in the tough and universal sense of quest and daring and growth.

~James Baldwin

~the compassionate view


We are all wounded inside in some way or other. We all carry unhappiness within us 
for some reason or other. Which is why we need a little gentleness and healing from 
one another. Healing in words, healing beyond words. Like gestures. Warm gestures.
Like friendship, which will always be a mystery. Like a smile, which someone 
described as the shortest distance between two people.   ~Ben Okri

New Year’s Blessing

From my sky to your sky,
may we stitch together this tattered,
ever-beautiful world
with more listening and less shouting,
more kindness and less hate,
more bread and less bombs,
more hope and less cynicism,
more reality and less lies,
more resources and less deprivation
and always, always, more love.
May blessings circle one and all in the New Year.



Loving-kindness Meditation

present moment, safe moment 

May we be held in loving-kindness.
May we hold others in loving-kindness.
May we be free of inner and outer harm.
May we remember our essential goodness, irrespective of arising conditions.
May we be free of suffering.
May we be healed.
May we be at peace. 

“We heal the world one heart at a time.” Rachel Naomi Remen

For an uplifting dialogue on the differences between healing and curing, the importance of human connection in life and health care, and a raft of warm wisdom, consider listening to this interview with Rachel Naomi Remen by Krista Tippett.