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Confusion or Clarity?

st_anns_wellI fell in love with this poem when I read it inBarbara Winter’s Winning Ways.


Confusion or Clarity?

                        by Hollie Holden


Eat meat.

Don’t eat meat.


No, don’t pray, say


Be like the Zen masters;

Do only what is in front

of you.

No, think big, make vision


Manifest your dream life.


Go and live in an ashram,

You’ll find yourself in


Come and take this


You’ll feel so much better.

Find a therapist,

No, find a shaman.

Read this book, no, read

this one.


This is how to be happy.

No this is how to do it.

Follow me.

Jog, oh no, wait, cycle, it’s

better for your joints.

Drink a glass of wine a


It’s good for your heart.


Put your child on a


No, don’t; follow their

natural rhythms.

This is how to deal with a


No, do it this way.


Chocolate is good for you;

Eat it with the wine.

No, wait, we’ve changed

our minds.

Don’t have either.


Let’s be grateful

That we live in a time

Where we are bombarded


So much advice.


What can we do in the

midst of

Such confusion

Other than

Follow our own hearts

Toward our own

Well of wisdom?


And that, of course, is the point. There IS a well of wisdom within you called your Spirit. Get still. Listen. You will be guided to what’s best for you.

Choose Your Day

Choose Your DayHere’s another gem from my teacher Barbara Winter … enjoy!


Choose Your Day

“What kind of a day are you going to have? Take time early in the morning to decide how you’ll spend your precious time.

Insipid or Inspired?

Boring or Bold?

Fuzzy or Focused?

Wishing or Willing?

Drudgery or Dreams?

Harmful or Helpful?

Cranky or Cranking Up?

Procrastinating or Progressing?

Wallowing or Working Around?

Cloudy or Crystal Clear?

Shrinking or Stretching?

Blah or Blooming?

Cowering or Confident?

Grumpy or Grateful?

Plodding or Prospering?

Dull or Dazzling?

Worrier or Warrior?

Obstacle or Opportunity?

Foreboding or Friendly?

Dabbling or Devoted?

Hanging On or Moving On?

Bland or Brilliant?

Job or Joy?

Pitiful or Powerful?

Consistent or Curious?

Mundane or Marvelous?”


Got a few of your own?

Have Guidelines, Not Rules

NO_RULESThis is an item from Barbara Winter’s Winning Ways that resonated deeply with me.

Have Guidelines, Not Rules

“Recently someone posted this list on Facebook with no mention of its origin. I’d like to suggest that you do more than just read through it and nod in agreement. If you’re a meditator, you might take one item a day and bring it to your practice. Challenge yourself by deciding what it means personally to adopt discipline or forgive or take risks.

1. To have wealth: create value for others.

2. To obtain freedom: adopt discipline.

3. To gain tomorrow: sacrifice today.

4. To be secure: take risks.

5. To lead: serve.

6. To get up: lift another.

7. To get revenge: forgive.

8. To win: find the lessons in every loss.

9. To fly: fall often.

10. To change the world: change yourself.

Strange, or not … even just typing this item out for myself made echoes that I hadn’t felt before. Try reading this aloud! Amazing.