Today begins forty days

of honesty.

We begin by remembering

that we came from

the earth,

from dust.

And that we will return to dust.

If, during this time–

we allow the peeling back

of the veneer–

to see that so much of what fills

our minds airwaves hours minutes closets calendars–

well, those things that crowd into our space

and what we collect to assure

security , soothing and peace

will never be


Actually, the more we try to have

enough of money, praise, certainty,

the harder it is to hear the voice

whisper to us:

“You are my beloved.

You are


Be still





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