Poetry

In Loving Memory of Dodge Drake Smith: 1950 – 2012

My father, Dodge Drake Smith, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 at the age of 61. A memorial service will be held in Birmingham, AL on March 10, 2012 from 2 – 4 PM at the Courtyard Marriott in Homewood, AL at 500 Shades Creek Parkway. In lieu of flowers, please make a … Continue reading »

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Poetry from India

Crimson Furoshiki Blessing – March 31, 2011 The gift of your crimson Furoshiki (1) cradles Hibiscus blossoms – food for the sacred Mother Ganga (2). The morning sun sparkles her grey beach – a universe of stars hiding in the sands. I carefully unwrap my offerings embrace them in my steepled hands, and offer a … Continue reading »

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Inspirational Poetry by Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh has been a major force in modern Buddhism, inter-faith dialogues, and the social justice and peace movements around the world. He has been a major inspiration in my life from the time I began exploring Eastern spirituality at the age of 17 and read his book “Living Buddha, Living Christ”. In 2003, … Continue reading »

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Body Work as a Spiritual Practice

One of the things I’ve been learning at Phool Chatti Ashram is how working with the body can be a powerful path of spiritual practice. I’ve always been focused on meditation and the mind, which has been absolutely life changing. Here though, I’m not doing as much meditation, but I am doing a lot of … Continue reading »

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Six Week Meditation Retreat – Gaia House, England

To have the opportunity to spend 6 weeks learning from and practicing with some of the world’s most talented meditation teachers was a dream come true. And to do it at Gaia House in the idyllic rural setting of Southwest England in late summer was absolutely exquisite. Yes, it was a silent retreat (mostly), and … Continue reading »

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