Community Contributions from Life: The Path of Meditation

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Dr. Jamie Marich and Irene Rodriguez facilitated eighteen clinicians through our annual Life: The Path of Meditation expressive arts online retreat on January 8, 2023. We are grateful that several of our participants chose to share their poems and other expressions with us to share with you here on our blog!

THE JOURNEY FOR PEACE

I am looking for peace.
I know peace is a journey and that it does not come easily.
I am searching, inflamed.
I must find peace!
I know peace is a journey and that it does not come easily. 
I need to explore all that is available to me. 
I must find peace!
Peace is found within and without.
I need to explore all that is available to me. 
I am searching, inflamed.
Peace is found within and without.
I am looking for peace. 

Dr. Ashley E. Coombs

HAIKU

Grief, the well endless
Trees shimmer, a foglike wall
Life a wisp away
My heart, a fulcrum
Holding this world in balance
Grace the bravest choice

Cathyann Simmons

THE SELF AS STORM

Storms are the very representation of you.
Full of loud booms or low continuous roars.
Sometimes flooding and other moments of short showers.
The destruction it can leave behind followed by love and beauty.
Full of loud booms or low continuous rumbles,
Love can grow in a storm.
The destruction it can leave behind followed by love and beauty,
And you Dearheart, Sweetie, you are a storm.
Love can grow in a storm.
Sometimes flooding and other moments of short showers.
And you Dearheart, Sweetie, you are a storm,
Storms are the very representation of you.

Marcy Shrum, LISW

WORD FOR THE YEAR, GENTLE

Gentle is the Wind
of my Voice
Speaking with Softness 

Christine

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