Tagged spirituality

Ego (letting go)

This is a complementary poem that works with the previous “Ego (holding on).” This poem explores the freedom found in letting go of the stories we tell ourselves. In turn, we become the YES to it all.

Ego (holding on)

New poem on how the constriction of the self is caused by our attachment to the stories we think define who we are.

Easter (a poem on The Cosmic Dance)

Here is an “Easter” poem. It explores the notion that our universe has always been about death and resurrection — we’re all dancing as one. We’re all dying as one. We’re all resurrecting as one. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for reading! Much love.

Terraforming/ Big Bend

This upcoming week I will be in Big Bend National Park in Texas. This place is pretty incredible — it is like you’ve landed on an alien planet with barren lands marked by wild rock formations. Red, dusty, beautiful. I’ve been here before and that trip inspired by poetry book, Terraforming: A Story of the Heart and Separation (which you can find at the bottom of groundedinone.com.) In honor of returning to this park, I’ve decided to post the poem that comes from my poetry narrative/book that is titled “Big Bend.” This piece fits into the narrative well, I think, as a way of describing the new planet the character in the book finds themself in. I hope you enjoy! Feel free to check out the full book in you are so inclined. 

Earthrise

This is a poem I am still working on called “Earthrise” — based off the famous Apollo 8 photo.

The Wielded Weapon of Christianity and its Role in Reform

This was an essay I wrote for my Early American Literature class back in 2018. I still find it very intriguing and a current problem even today. I left some notes at the very bottom of the essay — free-form type thoughts on what I think about this piece now. The Wielded Weapon of Christianity and its Role in Reform Jesus does not really look like the paintings, it was just based off of Michelangelo’s boyfriend, you know that right? It seems like the emerging Republic could not quite grasp this idea. Even in today’s world it is still mind-boggling…

“What we call ‘I’ is just a swinging door”

Shunryu Suzuki says, “The air comes in and goes out like someone passing through a swinging door. If you think, ‘I breathe,’ the ‘I’ is extra. There is no you to say ‘I.’ What we call ‘I’ is just a swinging door which moves when we inhale and when we exhale. It just moves; that is all.” Breathing Breathing and meditation have become a key practice in my life since about a year ago. “Don’t we all breathe, how can breathing be a practice?” the critic asks. I say yes, we all breathe obviously, but when was the last time…

Love is our Native Tongue

“Love is the language, love is your native tongue” — Switchfoot “We want to be a band that sings songs of hope.” — Jon Foreman “I want the world to sing in her native tongue” — Switchfoot I had the opportunity to see Switchfoot this week. Switchfoot has been one of my top bands since I was little. It has only been recently that I’ve begun to see the true intentions of their work and lives. So many people bog them down to “Christian music,” but they are so much more. In actuality, they are not a Christian band (just…

Genesis, a Poetic Understanding

Take it from an English Major, the “book” of Genesis found in the Bible, is a poem. For such a long time I was taught fundamentalism and the literal interpretation of “God’s Word” as THE one and the ONLY way to truth. That everything in the Bible was written by God himself (though God is all-gendered and has no gender). For so long, I hated ideas of Evolution and how they took away from the importance of being made in “God’s image.” I thought scientists were the bias ones, making up data to further their importance or theories — but…