In Troubled Times of the Heart

Got another poem published in Sage-ing, The Journal of Creative Aging. It’s p 4.

I’m grateful to the folks at Sage-Ing, including my friend Katharine Weinmann, who have encouraged contributions.

In this particular poem, I linked the edition’s theme of “gratitude” with the learning that can come from a troubled time and a troubled heart.

Peek as inspired. And into the other articles included. I’m finding several insights from these writers that are stirring my desire for deepened soul.


It is sweet to be in the words of Rilke this morning, Rainer Maria Rilke, the Austrian poet of the late 1800s and early 1900s.

He’s oft quoted by many folks that I know. Oft invoked for inspiration and imagination.

Rilke writes,

You must give birth to your images.
They are the future waiting to be born.
Fear not the strangeness your feel.
The future must enter you
long before it happens.
Just wait for the birth,
for the hour of new clarity.

Perhaps there is a future that comes knocking for each of us. Sometimes a future that is smiling and wagging its tail like a joyful dog wishing to play. Sometimes a future that sees through deep and knowing eyes, slowed and tempered by what journeys of growth have required.

It does seems to me, that creativity and birth wish creativity and birth. We humans are sometimes actors. Sometimes vessels. The best life I know is in collaboration with creative mystery.

I so appreciate Rilke’s sweet words. As I sit in a moment of pause on a Wednesday morning, watching through living room window, to see birds pick leftover, fallen cherries from a nearby tree. I sip my coffee, just brewed, which also brings joy.

Future waiting (and wanting) to be born, in and around us. Yes, I appreciate these images.

Podcast Episode Link and Notes — Lawrence Kampf (Motovun, Croatia)

48 minutes, recorded 3/9/23. Lot’s of fun exploring in this one with my friend, my colleague, my fellow journeyer, Lawrence Kampf. You can get to Lawrence quickly through his website, He’s launching a new series, Field Work for conveners with some experience and that know that “field” takes us further into the meaning and to the practice. I’m signed on and looking forward to his guiding.

A few show notes and times below. Enjoy the listen. I did.

  • 2:30 The Art of Humans Being
  • 6:06 Fully Human, The Aspirational Quality
  • 7:30 Awakening
  • 10:50 Find a Simple Story
  • 14:30 Do you consciously bring invitation to awareness?
  • 17:57 An Embodied Thing
  • 20:00 Service to the Transmission
  • 23:00 Launching “Field Work”, a new community
  • 27:30 Being changes the doing
  • 28:13 More on Lawrence’s programs
  • 29:47 Cultivating Yes / And
  • 30:45 Being Intentional with Questions
  • 33:50 Creating and Being Creation
  • 38:00 Can’t Not Do — Help Grow to Higher Expressions of Self
  • 44:00 Post Reflections from Tenneson