learning to heal….”On Pain”

Posted in Uncategorized on February 19, 2018 by HowlingFire

On Pain – Poem by Khalil Gibran

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses
your understanding.

Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its
heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.

And could you keep your heart in wonder at the
daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem
less wondrous than your joy;

And you would accept the seasons of your heart,
even as you have always accepted the seasons that
pass over your fields.

And you would watch with serenity through the
winters of your grief.

Much of your pain is self-chosen.

It is the bitter potion by which the physician within
you heals your sick self.

Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy
in silence and tranquillity:

For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by
the tender hand of the Unseen,

And the cup he brings, though it burn your lips, has
been fashioned of the clay which the Potter has
moistened with His own sacred tears.


Swastika and Runes; Heritage or Hate

Posted in Uncategorized on February 12, 2018 by HowlingFire

Another great piece by Mainer74


There has been a lot of noise lately about the use of runes in the Norwegian Olympic team sweater.  The objection is that two runes are displayed on the sweater, Tiwaz and Elhaz, the runes for Tyr/victory and elk/protection, had been used by the Nazi’s for certain specific groups and programs (leadership school for Tiwaz, and birth/death announcements for Elhaz).

Olympic Sweater

The Norwegian Olympic team is drawing upon its cultural heritage to call for a “Attacking Viking” on the podium, calling upon their team to be motivated in a similar way to Canada’s own “Own the Podium” program.  This is drawing on what is to them, their own heritage as a positive motivational force.  Some wish to point to the fact that the Nazi’s used runes for bad things, and some Neo Nazi groups have latched on to various runes for their own mis-use, but in no way have any of…

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Flesh wound

Posted in Uncategorized on February 11, 2018 by HowlingFire

Small and pointed

He in the licking flame

Mirror becomes blackened

A softened glow


time shifts



Hail and Farewell

Posted in Uncategorized on February 11, 2018 by HowlingFire

” Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.”
Mary Elizabeth Frye

Opening Our Hearts Through Armenian Dance by Laura Shannon

Posted in Uncategorized on February 5, 2018 by HowlingFire

Sacred Dance….

The candle represents the light of love, compassion and connection kindled in our hearts as we dance.

In these challenging times, one of the hardest things to do is to keep our hearts open. Grief and despair tend to shut them down. And even among close friends, colleagues, family members, and people with whom we share worship, when we clash over differing political opinions, trust can swiftly erode. These kinds of losses and sorrows can make us just want to close the doors to our hearts.
Yet hardened hearts and minds are not going to help us overcome conflicts and affirm connections. Only if we can open our hearts to one another, holding the fullness of our (and others’) feelings in a compassionate way, can we weather the storms which threaten to divide us further. And only if we are united can we find our way together through those storms.

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Posted in Uncategorized on February 4, 2018 by HowlingFire

Tripping and stumbling

Covered in black and blues

Trying to find my way back

Following  bread crumb trails

White scars burning

Light in the distance

Darkness surrounds

Shelter taken

Strength grows.

Bloody, Blue, Super Moon

Posted in Uncategorized on February 1, 2018 by HowlingFire

What do you seek?

How will you make it happen?

Work, discipline.

Lifestyle Shift.