We have not come to take prisoners

April 29th, 2012 by Tonya

(It seems to be poetry season this month at little white feather. This tender poem by Sufi poet Hafiz I discovered this morning) We have not come here to take prisoners But to surrender ever more deeply to freedom and joy. We have not come into this exquisite world to hold ourselves hostage from love Read More...

Saint Francis and the Sow

April 28th, 2012 by Tonya

(I love this poem, by Galway Kinnell) The bud stands for all things, even for those things that don’t flower, for everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing; though sometimes it is necessary to reteach a thing its loveliness, to put a hand on the brow of the flower and retell it in words and in touch it is lovely until it flowers again from within, of self-blessing; as Saint Francis put his hand on the creased forehead of the sow, and told her in words and in touch blessings of earth on the sow, and the sow began remembering all down her thick length, from the earthen snout all the way through the fodder and slops to the spiritual curl of the tail, from the hard spininess spiked out from the spine down through the great broken heart to the sheer blue milken dreaminess spurting and shuddering from the fourteen teats into the fourteen mouths sucking and blowing beneath them: the long, perfect loveliness of sow Read More...

One man’s message to women

April 26th, 2012 by Tonya

Something the Dalai Lama said at a conference some time ago, and which has done the rounds several times on Twitter since, were the words, 'The world will be saved by the Western woman'. There's been a degree of controversy on exactly what he meant by this but, whatever he intended, it struck a chord for me - and many other people, men and women, it would seem Read More...

Life is beautiful – a reminder

April 24th, 2012 by Tonya

I was browsing the shelves of a bookshop a couple of weeks ago (the friend I was due to meet, a wonderful guy who's been connecting and supporting people in the local area for years, had been held up - and I had a few minutes to spare). First, my eyes fell on a beautiful card with vibrant pink cherry blossom on it Read More...

What’s your ‘five-a-day’?

April 23rd, 2012 by Tonya

I set the group that gathered for the Joy Club last week some 'homework'. What was it? To discover their wellbeing 'five-a-day'. Now, we've all heard of the 'five-a-day' concept – at least you will have if you've lived in the UK in the past few years. It's a simple and popular device that the powers that be have been using to get us to eat more of the things that will keep us healthy: so a handful of dried mango pieces is, say, one of your five-a-day, where a salad - full of freshly sprouted mung beans (one point), tomatoes (another point) and lettuce (one point) might be three Read More...

What would it take for you to slow down?

April 3rd, 2012 by Tonya

What would it take for you to slow down, To slow down enough to hear your own heart beat Or to feel the air caress your nostrils on its inward journey to your lungs? What would it take for you to slow down enough to hear the earth breathe? To feel the way a camellia feels when she's weighted down with freshly fallen rain? From this place, I can feel the joy of all existence Read More...