Beauty Breathes

beauty within post quiet within me
beauty breathes
each sigh

mirror before me
mirror lost
mirror within me
mirror not

deep brown pools feel
without seeing
devoid of want
only being

love filled lungs
heart led life
quiet within me
beauty breathes

be still.
hear what you feel
quiet within you
your beauty breathes

A Note from the Universe

I receive a ‘note from the Universe’ in my inbox once a day.  Sound pretty quirky?  Well, some are.  But most, I really dig.  Typically, they’re the first email I open of the day.  They’re not like quotes, which I often save in a file, but rather fun little words that tend to make me smile.

Most are short, succinct little one or two liners.  Although some are longer, like the one I’m sharing today.


The top 10 things dead people want to tell living people, Leslie, are:

1. They’re not dead.
2. They’re sorry for any pain they caused.
3. There’s no such thing as a devil or hell.
4. They were ready to go when they went.
5. You’re not ready.
6. They finally understand what they were missing.
7. Nothing can prepare you for the beauty of the moment you arrive.
8. Don’t try to understand this now, but life is exceedingly fair.
9. Your pets are as crazy, brilliant and loving, here, as they were there.
10. Life really is all about love, but not just loving those who love you…

In their own words,
The Universe


That’s it.  Kinda quirky, but often with a mixture of depth that can only be seen when looking just below the surface.

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“Imagine a Woman”

Please sit back and enjoy this beautiful, inspirational poem by guest blogger Patricia Lynn Reilly.

“Imagine a Woman”

Imagine a woman who is interested in her own life.
A woman who embraces her life as teacher, healer, and challenge.
Who is grateful for the ordinary moments of beauty and grace.

Imagine a woman who participates in her own life.
A woman who meets each challenge with creativity.
Who takes action on her own behalf with clarity and strength.

Imagine a woman who has crafted a fully-formed solitude.
A woman who is available to herself.
Who chooses friends and lovers with the capacity to respect her solitude.

Imagine a woman who acknowledges the full range of human emotion.
A woman who expresses her feelings clearly and directly.
Who allows them to pass through her as naturally as the breath.

Imagine a woman who tells the truth.
A woman who trusts her experience of the world and expresses it.
Who refuses to defer to the perceptions, thoughts, and responses of others.

Imagine a woman who follows her creative impulses.
A woman who produces original creations.
Who refuses to color inside someone else’s lines.

Imagine a woman who has relinquished the desire for intellectual approval.
A woman who makes a powerful statement with every action she takes.
Who asserts to herself the right to reorder the world.

Imagine a woman who has grown in knowledge and love of herself.
A woman who has vowed faithfulness to her own life.
Who remains loyal to herself. Regardless.

Imagine yourself as this woman.


Thank you, Patricia, for allowing me to share your beautiful words with my readers.

This specific poem is “Imagine a Woman II“.  For additional poetry, books, and information regarding Imagine a Woman, please click here.