Tag Archives: centering

“Today” by Mary Oliver

Today I’m flying low and I’m not saying a word I’m letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep. The world goes on as it must, the bees in the garden rumbling a little, the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten. … Continue reading

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Centering Beauty

Michael Gardener, ceramic artist.

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Flotsam and jetsam

Phew…lots of cleaning today. I worked my way through the immense pile of mail amassed since before we left for Japan. Last year, JB bought me this amazing pair of scissors (see below) that helped me speed through the political … Continue reading

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Getting my groove back

We have been in school about a month. Usually at this time I am in my groove; there should be a flow to everything we are doing (with the few inevitable bumps). But this year I’m having trouble getting my … Continue reading

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JB took this photo of the shadow of our plane landing today, back from Portland. Landing is not always easy to do. It takes some focus, directional acuity, and emotional centeredness to make it as smooth as possible. Though buried … Continue reading

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Making Salad by Margaret Gibson

I rub the dark hollow of the bowl with garlic, near to the fire enough so that fire reflects on the wood, a reverie that holds emptiness in high regard. I enter the complete absence of any indicative event, following … Continue reading

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The February Garden

I’m sure it’s because of the snow, and the lack of sun, and the cold and, of course, because it’s February, the shortest, but, in fact, the “longest” month (despite what T.S. Eliot says about April) that my energy begins … Continue reading

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An enso is a Japanese term for circle and is part of a zen aesthetic of spiritual mindfulness and enlightenment. An enso represents the entire universe in a single stroke, done with complete mindfulness in the present moment. The fresh, … Continue reading

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Reaching for the “better angels of our nature”

President Obama’s speech at the Tucson Memorial Service:

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Why I really love teaching

Yes, I love working with kids. Yes, I love helping them to deepen their understandings of themselves and the world. Yes, I want them to feel accountability and responsibility to the larger community in which they live. Yes, I want … Continue reading

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