John Fox

When I die God will become a whaler

When I was a baby my heart
was a tiny fish swimming
in a gargantuan sea of things to come.

When I was a toddler my heart
was a trout in a large lake of
thoughts and feelings.

Now my heart is becoming
a salmon ready to go to the sea
of troubles I will have to face.

When I am old my heart
will be a whale swimming
in a sea of memories.

When I die God will become
a whaler.

~ Orion Misciagns, 11 years old, in POETIC MEDICINE by John Fox

Wisdom is not found on a computer chip

Wisdom is not found on a computer chip. It pulses within our heart, in the flow of being, through the precision of stars keeping their courses. Wisdom is not the possession of any one person or group but is found when we realize our relationship to everything that is.

~ from POETIC MEDICINE by John Fox

Safe in the mystery of forgivenesses home

The marrow of who I am
is a tree struck by lightning
of anger and sadness, shattering
heartwood upon the earth.

The marrow of who I am
is made by the only Mother
who stands simply at each and every door,
listening to love's undying cry
melt into her very heart.

The marrow of who I am
is always creating new blood,
a life innocent to this world,
safe in the mystery of forgivenesses home.

~ from POETIC MEDICINE by John Fox

Enter into silence and let it drink you

Observing silence is a way to quiet the mind and create a place within yourself to receive language from deep levels of feeling. This receptive place where silence lives is found within the heart -- the spiritual heart. Meditative silence is like the luster of green summer grass; to appreciate this living silence, learn to listen attentively. Enter into silence and let it drink you.

~ from POETIC MEDICINE by John Fox

Wisdom is uncovered by being present to the essence of your whole experience

Wisdom means "to see" or "to know".  It does not mean knowing facts or having an opinion.  Wisdom is uncovered by being present enough to perceive the essence of your whole experience.  This wisdom will help you attend to what matters in your life and understand the meaning of your life's changes.  The practice of moment-to-moment PRESENCE is key.  Seeing essence; knowing wholeness.

~ from POETIC MEDICINE by John Fox

When someone deeply listens to you

When someone deeply listens to you,
it is like holding out a dented cup
you've had since childhood
and watching it fill with
cold, fresh water.
When it balances on top of the brim,
you are understood.
When it overflows and touches your skin,
you are loved.

When someone deeply listens to you,
your feet are on the earth
and a beloved land that seemed distant
is now at home with you. 

~ by John Fox
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