Inspirational Quotes, Prayers, and Readings

Thank you all for the wonderful readings you share at the Conference.  Please add yours below in the Comments section.

4 thoughts on “Inspirational Quotes, Prayers, and Readings

  1. What a great idea and thanks. If you read something at Sacred Circle I think this spot is the perfect place to share it.
    We sang together Laurence Cole’s song “Be Kind.”
    “Be kind. Everyone carries a heavy load.” Il share Laurence’s website below where you can hear the song and many others.

  2. The poem that was read at Connie C-W’s memorial service was Mary Oliver’s “In Blackwater Woods.” Here is a link to the whole poem

    Here is the movie I made to honor Connie’s memory, that was constructed around this poem

    The second half of the poem is what I read at Sacred Circle:

    To live in this world
    you must be able
    to do three things:
    to love what is mortal;
    to hold it
    against your bones knowing
    your own life depends on it;
    and, when the time comes to let it go,
    to let it go.

  3. some of the readings I shared in Morning Meditation and elsewhere, 2018:

    “Forget about enlightenment.
    Sit down wherever you are
    And listen to the wind singing in your veins.
    Feel the love, the longing, and the fear in your bones.
    Open your heart to who you are, right now,
    Not who you would like to be.
    Not the saint you’re striving to become.
    But the being right here before you, inside you, around you.
    All of you is holy.
    You’re already more and less
    Than whatever you can know.
    Breathe out, touch in, let go.”

    ― John Welwood

    Just Like That

    And just like that, they’re gone
    Leaving a space in your heart
    Which swells to bursting, then
    Dripping out the sides of your eyes
    When you least expect it…

    When laughter takes you
    By surprise
    When the sun slips over the horizon
    When the lilacs scintillating scents return

    The insidious signs of spring’s insistence.

    Let us not forget to say

    Thank you

    For this space,
    this time,

    this breath.

    And now.

    For just like that, they are gone.

    Marybeth Hallinan
    June 7, 2018


    Your grief for what you’ve lost lifts a mirror
    up to where you’re bravely working.

    Expecting the worst, you look, and instead,
    here’s the joyful face you’ve been wanting to see.

    Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes.
    If it were always a fist or always stretched open,
    you would be paralyzed.

    Your deepest presence
    is in every small contracting and expanding,
    the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated
    as birdwings.


    i thank You God for most this amazing
    day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
    and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
    which is natural which is infinite which is yes

    (i who have died am alive again today,
    and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
    day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
    great happening illimitably earth)

    how should tasting touching hearing seeing
    breathing any–lifted from the no
    of all nothing–human merely being
    doubt unimaginable You?

    (now the ears of my ears awake and
    now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

    e.e. cummings
    and here it is, set to music and sung by Western Winds:

    The Well of Grief

    Those who will not slip beneath
    the still surface of the well of grief
    turning downward through its black water
    to the place we cannot breathe
    will never know the source from which we drink,
    the secret water, cold and clear, nor find in the darkness glimmering
    the small round coins
    thrown away by those who wished for something else.

    By David Whyte from Close to Home

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