I first came across it while building sandcastles with my children. I showed them how to dig down to the wet sand beneath the surface. We raked our fingers through it, creating rivers and roads.
“This place is pure,” it told me.
I taught my children how only a gentle touch can shape the castles.
“This place is tender,” it said.
I told them about the rocks, creatures, wind, and currents that helped to create the sand.
“This place is timeless,” it said.
And for just a moment, with burd hands and feet, I felt it. A peace more pure, tender, and eternal than any I’d ever experienced flowed from the center of my heart. …
“Have you thought of everything?” my mind asks as I consider the future. “Are you sure?” (Of course, I’m never as sure as it would like.) “This worries me,” it says. “You must be absolutely certain.”
“Watch where you’re going,” my eyes say as I try something new. “Do you see?” (Of course, I never see as far as they would like.) “Look both ways. Don’t go in blindly.”
And when it feels me holding my eyes open as wide as I can, looking in every direction, nervously flipping the pages of the calendar, looking a year ahead, 5, 10, searching for answers in what can never be known, my heart says, “Close your eyes. …
I taste the magic in your smile, like the whole universe in a single drop.
You are awe. -from There, I Might Find Peace
I looked at the stars last night and saw the making of me. The sky was my own reflection. I remembered that I am the very stars I wish upon, the very earth I walk upon, the very air I breathe. And for that moment, I knew that I am air. I am water. I am gold, silver, salt.
The universe itself. I was atoms spread throughout the galaxy, hidden away like treasure in ancient stars built from ancient stars. …
You know the feeling of that first spring morning where you don’t need a coat anymore? The kind of morning where the sky is magenta and the birds are singing as if to say, “I know, isn’t this amazing?”
This morning was like that. It was amazing, and it was so easy to witness the magic.
Time in nature has always helped me feel grounded and closer to my truest, most natural self, and I don’t know many people who wouldn’t say the same. Nature is cleansing, energizing, and relaxing. And it does it, well, naturally.
But it’s easy to feel disconnected from nature when we spend so much of our lives within four walls. …
I Know You
I know you
and the effortless power
of your true being.
You are strength.
I see you
choosing every day to rise
and take another step.
You are courage.
I feel you
and your whole-hearted desire
with my whole heart.
You are passion.
I hear the music in your voice
rise and fall like ocean waves
pouring over me.
You are song.
I taste the magic in your smile
like the whole universe
in a single drop.
You are awe.
I smell the roses in your footsteps,
springing up behind you
as you beautify the world by simply being here. …
Maeve woke to find that things felt different from the way they did yesterday.
Like her little bed in her little room. They seemed so tiny and far too pink.
And the voice Mom used when she talked to her didn’t sound quite right in her ears. Mom talked like Maeve was a little kid, but she didn’t feel so little today.
Today she felt bigger, as if she’d somehow grown a hundred feet overnight.
Maeve had sparks in her toes that made her want to run and butterflies in her tummy that made her want jump.
There was a song in her throat that needed to be sung, and the light in her eyes made even the sun look brighter today. …
This is Cat, and these are her pajamas. Cat loves her warm and cozy pajamas. She can sleep as long as she wants without getting too hot or too cold.
On Sunday, Cat wears her space pajamas. She dreams she’s an astronaut floating in space.
On Monday, she wears her dragon pajamas and dreams she’s riding on a dragon flying high above a castle.
On Tuesday, she wears her dinosaur pajamas. She dreams she’s a very, very, very BIG Apatosaurus.
On Wednesday, Cat wears her airplane pajamas. She dreams of making loops through the clouds in her airplane.
On Thursday, she wears her fish pajamas and dreams she’s swimming through the ocean in a school of tropical fish. …
One morning while Liza and James played with blocks, they noticed a funny new box in the playroom. It was beautiful and strange all at once.
Where did this come from?
The large box decorated with gold swirls and jewels looked just like a treasure chest.
They walked up to it, curious to see what could be inside.
Was it gold?
The lid was so heavy that Liza and James needed to open it together. One…two…three…push.
The lid creaked open, and they gasped when they saw what was inside. …
I’m going on a trip with my family to feed the ducks today.
Before we can leave, we need to get dressed. I put on my favorite jeans with the hearts on the knees, and my brother chooses his dinosaur shirt. We also need sunscreen. Mom’s always rubbing sunscreen on us when we go outside.
After we got dressed, we put all the bread Mom and Dad saved just for the ducks into a bag. Our bag is full of the ends of the bread that my brother and I don’t like to eat. …
We step through the door into a small room lit by glowing rocks lining the walls.
Another space monster sits behind a large desk that takes up most of the room. This one wears glasses and writes in a book.
Space Monster walks up to the space monster behind the desk. They speak in a moon language that we don’t understand.
They look at the book, back to us, and back to the book as they speak.
I wait quietly with Cat and the animal crew. I’m not sure what’s about to happen, and I don’t know what to do. What I do know is that I’m the captain of this astronaut adventure, and I don’t want Cat and the animals to feel afraid. …