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Soul’s Journey in the Heart of New Mexico




by Renae Been

When Moses thrust his staff into the Earth,

he did not waver.

Be it Destiny, Fate, Divinity,

no matter,

he felt the thread of inspiration

intersect with the pulse of the Earth

the two beat as one.

It was his time.

Some may inquire in later years,

How did you do it?

I will whisper,

I do not know.

I heard the sea gathering,

giant cupped hands

lifted the edges of her salty skirt

revealing the path.

I began to crawl,

clothed only with questions


the Promised Land.

Breathtakingly beautiful like the land that inspired it, this exquisite poem by Renae Been captures the essence of my Soul’s Journey Through the Heart of New Mexico. “Clothed only with questions,” I spent a week absorbing the energy and beauty of this sacred land at Ghost Ranch where the earth and sky meet, in community with extraordinary loving and open-hearted women, seekers and path-finders all.  I felt “the thread of inspiration intersect with the pulse of the Earth” connecting me with All That Is in a powerful way.

This Women’s Spiritual Retreat created by my friend and colleague, Marilou Bova, was designed to help us open to the internal guidance of our soul through quiet reflective time; open to the wisdom of the land and the sky; open to the wisdom of our bodies through yoga, massage, energy work and walking labyrinths; open to the wisdom of each other in sacred conversations. (Marilou Bova is gathering another group of women in Abiquiu September 5-12.  For more information you can contact her at

Marilou’s generous and loving spirit draws not only the participants in the retreat, but also women in the Abiquiu community who enriched our experience in many ways. One unforgettable evening by the Charma River, Carolyn Morningstar Berry, a grandmother who walks behind a long line of grandmothers from the Gabrielino/Tongva tribe in California, guided us through a sacred Medicine Wheel Ceremony inspiring us to move in harmony with the flow of life.  Women of Abiquiu prepared delicious food for us, offered body and energy work, and gathered  with us for a potluck dinner at Jaye Buros’ Rising Moon art gallery.  It was here that we heard Renae recite her poem, Exodus.

For me, “the promised land” is here and now.  I return home accepting my responsibility as an Elder and a Grandmother to pass on what I’ve learned in this lifetime.  I believe passionately in this: we are living in extraordinary times of social, economic, and environmental upheaval which require leadership from all of us to step forward to meet the challenges of the 21st century.  I believe we have a shared responsibility to create a sustainable future to ensure the common well-being, to nurture a flourishing human community, and to preserve our Mother Earth.

Thomas Merton inspires me to hold on to the resolve I felt so strongly in New Mexico.  Humans have a responsibility to find themselves where they are, in their own proper time and place in the history to which they belong and to which they must inevitably contribute either their response or their evasions, either truth and act,or mere slogan and gesture.


What We Need Is Here



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What We Need is Here

Geese appear high over us,

pass, and the sky closes. Abandon,

as in love or sleep, holds

them to their way, clear

in the ancient faith: what we need

is here. And we pray, not

for new earth or heaven, but to be

quiet in heart, and in eye,

clear. What we need is here.                              

by Wendell Berry 

Why is it so difficult for us to remember the simple truth that what we need is here? Living from this place of faith with clear eye and quiet heart seems profoundly out of reach for many of us.

With remarkable simplicity, this poem reminds me to do the inner work of opening, allowing and letting go into the timeless present for it is here that I can experience life fully and more freely.  It is here that I come to a place of acceptance, of peace with the way it is.




Sweet Honey from Old Failures

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Last night, as I was sleeping by Antonio Machado

English version by Robert Bly

Last night, as I was sleeping, I dreamt — marvelous error!– that a spring was breaking out in my heart. I said: Along which secret aqueduct, Oh water, are you coming to me, water of a new life that I have never drunk?

Last night, as I was sleeping, I dreamt — marvelous error!– that I had a beehive here inside my heart. And the golden bees were making white combs and sweet honey from my old failures.

Last night, as I was sleeping, I dreamt — marvelous error!– that a fiery sun was giving light inside my heart. It was fiery because I felt warmth as from a hearth, and sun because it gave light and brought tears to my eyes.

Last night, as I slept, I dreamt — marvelous error!– that it was God I had here inside my heart.

by Antonio Machado (translated by Robert Bly

This is one of my most beloved poems. It speaks to my heart and enlivens my spirit in a way that is deeply personal and universal at the same time.

I just love the image of golden bees making sweet honey from all of my old failures! Rather than focusing on the way failure tests your mettle as fire does to steel, the poet looks in the direction of the heart and speaks of sweetness and honey. Jackets insulated “The heart, like the grape, is prone to delivering its harvest in the same moment that it appears to be crushed. parajumpers The beehive in your heart is humming precisely because of those failures.” from Ten Poems to Change Your Life by Roger Housden.

When I first read these lines years ago, warmth filled my heart as I saw more clearly than ever that somehow everything in my life has it’s own unique place. Imagine the possibility that even the most difficult, dark or disappointing experience can be the raw material that surfaces with the sweetness of honey. There is a wholeness, an ecology to our experience.

Remind Me

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Remind Me

by Sharon Keys Seal


when our fragile friendship

sprouts tendrils of trust

and we begin to venture

beyond that which we

so cheerfully and carefully present,

remind me to share my many

foibles, adventures,

fears and dreams.

We are each more

and less

than others see.

Cherished is that friend

who knows without asking

who that real self might be.

Through your eyes

and in the telling,

I remember who. I am,

coming full circle back

to recognize

myself anew.

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Sharon Keys Seal is a beautiful and wise woman with the soul of a poet. We’ve gotten to know each other as colleagues on the faculty of the Georgetown Leadership Coaching program. It was just last week that Sharon revealed that she is also a poet. Gifted with special powers of expression and imagination, her words touch me profoundly deepening my knowing of Self and the world.

21st Century Leadership: Would Google Hire You?


In last week’s blog, I shared Ben Franklin’s advice to the members of the Constitutional Convention to suspend the certainty of their positions and look forward toward the emerging future. Jackets insulated Don’t you think this is wise guidance for us today? 21st leadership calls us to be lovers of learning, to be curious and open to possibilities previously unseen….to suspend certainty and look to the emerging future. A couple of days after posting Ben Franklin’s advice, I read Tom Friedman’s piece in the NY Times on “How to Get a Job at Google.” Guess what…Google, one of the world’s most successful companies, hires people who are able to suspend certainty and look to the emerging future! Laszlo Bock, the senior VP of people operations at Google declares that “the least important attribute we look for is expertise. Certainly, if we’re looking to fill a technical role, people need math and computing and coding skills, but the company is looking for a lot more.” The number one thing looked for is general cognitive ability, which is not the same as IQ. It’s learning ability—the ability to process on the fly, to pull together disparate pieces of information. They seek people who love learning and re-learning. mu legend redzen for sale Secondly, Google looks for emergent leadership—a sense of responsibility to step in and try to solve any problem and the humility to step back and embrace better ideas of others. Innovation is a group endeavor requiring humility and ownership—a powerful combination. Without intellectual humility, you can’t learn. If you already think you “know” (or that you must act as if you know), you’ll be blind to new possibilities. Leadership in the 21st century is not the work of one great leader, it is a group endeavor requiring collaboration, adaptability, and curiosity that creates the spaciousness that allows new ideas to be born.

don’t establish the boundaries


the squares, triangles, boxes

or preconceived possibility,

and then


life into them, trimming

off left-over edges,

ending potential.


All’s Right with the World!

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sometimes a man aims high, and all goes well.

A people sometimes will step back from war;

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Some men become what they were born for.

Sometimes our best efforts do not go

amiss; sometimes we do as we meant to.

The sun will sometimes melt a field of sorrow

that seemed hard frozen: may it happen for you.

I came across another poem called “Sometimes” that I want to share with you because it’s a wonderful reminder to notice when things go well….when our best laid plans actually work out….when good things happen. Womens Air Jordan 5 I had to read the first stanza of this poem twice to really get it, nike air max probably because I’m so accustomed to hearing the opposite message!

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Suspend Certainty: Leadership Lessons from Benjamin Franklin

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No great deeds are done by falterers who ask for certainty.

What Do You Plan to Do?

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  The Summer Day by Mary Oliver

Who made the world?

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Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, Tony Brown Jersey I mean–

the one who has flung herself out of the grass,

the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,

who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down–

who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.

Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.

Now she shape her wings open, Solde adidas gazelle and floats away.

I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down

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how to be idle and blessed,how to stroll through the fields,

which is what I have been doing all day.

Tell me, what else should I have done?

Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

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Everything on earth expresses it’s inner essence, no questions asked–except for us! We human beings somehow have to search for who we are and what we are here to do.

Discovering what you are here to do may seem to be a daunting task, but I’ve learned from my own experience and that of my clients, fjallraven kanken uk that our purpose is often right in front of us. We simply must pause, reflect, get to know ourselves in order to see it. Mississippi State Bulldogs Jerseys Then we must do something with what we’ve learned! My own search led me to my work as a coach…work that I love and feel I was always meant to do. My work is a creative expression of who I am. What’s interesting is that I began using my gifts early on as a camp counselor, school teacher, parent, swimming instructor, then OD consultant, and finally leadership and life coaching. I’m not sure I recognized this way of being in the world as the expression of “my gifts,” but there’s no doubt that I was doing what I was drawn to do, GS Air Jordan 5 what felt right in some way. One of the great joys of my life now is that by bringing my gifts into the world, SCARPE NIKE HUARACHE

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Tell me,

Stay in the Middle of the River


Finding Our Place

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What to Remember When Waking


What to Remember When Waking

by David Whyte

In that first hardly noticed moment in which you wake, coming back to this life from the other more secret, nike buty męskie moveable and frighteningly honest world where everything began, there is a small opening into the new day which closes the moment you begin your plans.

What you can plan is too small for you to live. What you can live wholeheartedly will make plans enough for the vitality hidden in your sleep.

To be human is to become visible while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others. To remember the other world in this world is to live in your true inheritance.

You are not a troubled guest on this earth, you are not an accident amidst other accidents you were invited from another and greater night than the one from which you have just emerged.

Now, nike air max 1 turquoise looking through the slanting light of the morning window toward the mountain presence of everything that can be what urgency calls you to your one love? What shape waits in the seed of you to grow and spread its branches against a future sky?

Is it waiting in the fertile sea? In the trees beyond the house? In the life you can imagine for yourself? In the open and lovely white page on the waiting desk.


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