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Coming Full Circle

"Mizen Head, County Cork, Ireland" 

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Today begins a new adventure, one that I will no doubt write a great deal about in the future.  Today is the beginning of an inner journey - an epic journey - an odyssey - back to the beginning of "me".

Here are the two poems that began me on this quest.


Grandma was short
 like Mommy
with blue-black hair
cut pixie style
and wild green eyes
that you could never forget
because they twinkled so!
She laughed a lot -
told funny stories
from old Ireland -
Mommy would laugh
as she told me
 the crazy things they did…

Funny, she left this world
long before I came -
 but, Mommy’s words
paint a Grandma
to hold deep
within my heart.

 ©1983 LMRN

O’Riordan – The King’s Poet

When I was half-past six years old,
the world still filled the 5 by 10 space of my room.

Momma said the world outside
was large and ample like her breasts which
comforted me long after I had weaned…

Mindful Prayer and Speech

Long ago, I learned to listen and reflect on the words I said.  At the time, my teacher was speaking about saying prayer mindfully, instead of rattling off words in an unconscious stream.  This was a lesson that stayed with me through the years, not only for prayer, but also for speech, in general.  When we are mindful of the words we are using, then we are more capable of saying exactly what we mean.
To illustrate, let us look at the words to the Serenity Prayer written by the theologian, Reinhold Niebuhr. An acquaintance once mentioned that they loved this prayer.  I asked why.  They were unable to articulate what it was about the prayer that resonated with them.  Many people know this prayer by heart; however, they have never reflected on the exact meaning of the words.
The prayer is: God, grant me the serenity To accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know the difference.
Image via Wikipedia First, this is a petition to the Almighty.  We are a…