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Gratitude

Gratitude

begets gratitude

It is cyclical

What goes around

comes around

Spiraling

until the lesson

is learned

and

appreciated

for what it is

and for what it is not

Clear

Confident

Blessed

For your consideration:

Taking a moment to step off the merry-go-round, what do you observe about yourself, your life, your growth? Any recurring patterns worth saving? Any worth discarding?

We do get to choose. It is all in the noticing.

Okay, your turn:

What areas of your life are evolving? In what way? When something ‘comes around again,’ do you reflect on what you can do differently?

I invite you to share your observations, feelings, and experiences by leaving a Reply in the Comments section, below. Soul-to-soul!

© 2022 Lori A. Noonan. All Rights Reserved.

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Movement of the melody

Lost in the

movement of the melody

Found in the center of the strumming

Carried out into the vast space beyond the horizon line

Only to return

to the rocking chair

on the back deck

sipping sangria

In the darkness of the new moon

The crickets come out to play

Music fills the night sky

and I am

home.

Okay, your turn:

Is there any particular imagery invoked for you by these lines of poetry?

In the stillness of the night, do we hear the melody all the more? Do we notice more of everything? Is that what it takes to grab our attention?

I invite you to share your observations, feelings, and experiences by leaving a Reply in the Comments section, below. Soul-to-soul!

© 2022 Lori A. Noonan. All Rights Reserved.
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Falling into Fall

Falling into Fall

Relaxing into the flow of it

The know of it

Even if parts of it

remain unknown.

Unknowable

Indefatigable

Unreasonable

Unseasonably

able

capable

allowable

receivable

welcomed within

with

thankfulness

and

peace.

Subliminal

in the liminal

Folding into the inner,

inter lands

Okay, your turn:

What is it about Autumn (also known as Fall) that you welcome into your experience with heart and arms wide open? What is it about this season (besides an overabundance of pumpkin spice, ha!), that you could do without? What does it mean to allow truly the leaves to change their color without resistance? Is there something you’re trying to ‘hold on to’ beyond its natural time?

I invite you to share your observations, feelings, and experiences by leaving a Reply in the Comments section, below. Soul-to-soul!

© 2022 Lori A. Noonan. All Rights Reserved.

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Against the grain

Against the grain

I remain

in the main

stream

between the tall stalks

of sugar cane

Raising Cain

a ruckus

within the maze

of maize

In the plain

and with

airplanes

overhead

overheard

in vain

against the vein

of my heart

a disdain

for the fast lane

in rain

makes for a chance

to rein in

the reign

of terror

It’s a changing

of the weather

Looking at the weather vane

atop

the local church

that had stood

the test of time

and pain

for those who dared

to go against

the grain

Cutting across

the valley

of loss

and moss

that only grows on one side

the North side

Which side are you on?

Of convention?

Nonconvention?

Okay, your turn:

Whether it be social norms, institutional ones, or political ones — where do you draw the line? For yourself? Your community? Your country? Does it depend? And if so, in what way(s)?

I invite you to share your observations, feelings, and experiences by leaving a Reply in the Comments section, below. Soul-to-soul!

© 2022 Lori A. Noonan. All Rights Reserved.
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I observe, I experience

I observe

I see

I am

You are

We are

one.

Passing through

this lifetime

Birth Death

Birth Death

Neither of these

do we choose

Both do we experience

In-between

is up to each of us.

Explorers

Adventurers

Beyond the mind

Beyond the pale

Of that which we tend to hail

Mental constructs

Personality conflicts

All at the expense of what

is directly in front of us.

Did you miss it?

Live today as if it’s your favorite birthday!

Light the candles

Sing

Party like it’s

nobody’s business.


Life is truly

a gift

Accept it with glee and satisfaction

As if you picked it out for your very self


Remember to enjoy the ride

As you never know when the ride

will stop.

Around we go!

Okay, your turn:

When is the last time you got lost in time? Could it be today? Tomorrow? Every day?

I invite you to share your observations, feelings, and experiences by leaving a Reply in the Comments section, below. Soul-to-soul!

© 2022 Lori A. Noonan. All Rights Reserved.
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The trees provide

The trees provide

without prompting

without expectation

for one

for all

of us

to prosper.

The rocks endure

the passage of time

and wayward travelers

lost inside.

The rocks ask no questions

The rocks tell no lies

The peaks await your arrival

your ascent

your stay for awhile

to admire the view

and take in the breeze

that swells around you

holding you in place

if only but for a moment or two

in time and space

and then descend

you must

along the way

the very way you came up

with a different view this time

and an awe-filled heart

all the same

all the way

down the mountain.

The trees wave

as you step by step

walk by

all the way down.

At the base, the ground says

hello

welcome back

how’d it go?

Okay, your turn:

Having spent the weekend in the Sierras with a supportive, wonderfully playful, and wildly creative group of co-adventurers who like to hike, I couldn’t help but share with you a poem that I was inspired to write as part of that experience. What in nature speaks to you?

I invite you to share your observations, feelings, and experiences by leaving a Reply in the Comments section, below. Soul-to-soul!

© 2022 Lori A. Noonan. All Rights Reserved.

Shooting for the fences

Truth or consequences

Shooting for the fences

the defenseless

Tragedy

from the confines

of a troubled mind

with no mind

for the memories

of Columbine

And so many others

Who’s next in line?

Heartless

cruelty

inflicting pain

on purpose

without purpose

in any redeemable way

Which is all to say

that evil bleeds

through in the most unfathomable ways

that stay

beyond measure

and at the cost

of true treasure.

For your consideration:

Okay, your turn:

What, if anything, will you do differently to help heal your heart and our hurting world today? And, how about tomorrow? And, the day after that?

I invite you to share your observations, feelings, and experiences by leaving a Reply in the Comments section, below. Soul-to-soul!

© 2022 Lori A. Noonan. All Rights Reserved.

In the quiet

In the quiet

the sound sounds louder

In the darkness

the light lights brighter

Can you hear it?

Can you see it?

You can

You can

You certainly

can, can

Dance

the can-can

Spring has sprung!

into a new moon

and into soon

the merry merriment

of

Beltane.

High kicks

galore!

Okay, your turn:

What excites you about this time of year? What brings you joy?

I invite you to share your observations, feelings, and experiences by leaving a Reply in the Comments section, below. Soul-to-soul!

© 2022 Lori A. Noonan. All Rights Reserved.

To bow

To bow

to the true wisdom

within

and all around

us

You,

me,

and

we.

Is to…

Welcome in

and accept

the protection

The mighty,

mighty

protection

that abounds

Preserving the life force

of course

to stay the course

of the journey

into

Oneness.

For your consideration:

Protection is often defined and described as shielding from harm, and keeping oneself or others safe.

What about living in a way that builds-in protection, whether that be physically or emotionally? Before our more recent trend toward group classes in the United States such as “Power Yoga” that has turned ancient spiritually enhanced (along with body-based) practices into a more modernized “high intensity workout,” yoga traditionally has served for millennia as a way to bolster our life force, our very source energy – all in a more holistic way.  (For more on this, see an earlier edition of Soul Notes, here.)

For me, mantras and mudras combined with physical movements help protect me and in turn help me to bring my full energy to my life, colleagues, loved ones, and the greater community I serve.

Okay, your turn:

What say you? Which approach do you take in your own life? What works best for you? Have you been experimenting with different approaches to preserve, replenish, and refresh your physical and emotional health?

I invite you to share your observations, feelings, and experiences by leaving a Reply in the Comments section, below. Soul-to-soul!

© 2022 Lori A. Noonan. All Rights Reserved.

 

Sanctions

Money and

other economic

sanctions

Designed to and do

hit right in the deep pockets

of one man’s

autocratic

destructive impulses

 

Global banking system

shuts down invisible borders

Invisible access

in a manner

not possible

80 years

ago

 

Sanctions to restrain

the dictatorial power employed by a

singular

Head of State

in a state

of an unfettered dominance

Power not shared

Not among the people

Not on behalf of the people

But rather at the cost

Of the people

Their lives

And their livelihoods

For your consideration:

One man’s tyrannical actions have been met with a collective resistance. Rather than succumb to unprovoked aggression, the people of Ukraine and across the world have unified in a way perhaps most unexpected. In this, there is hope. Economic sanctions help.

Okay, your turn:

In what way, if at all, do you feel a shared sense of kinship with those who are left to suffer at the hands of an erratic and egomaniacal enemy? Do you agree with economic sanctions as an effective tactic? Does our current world of cyberbanking increase the effectiveness?

I invite you to share your observations, feelings, and experiences by leaving a Reply in the Comments section, below. Soul-to-soul!

© 2022 Lori A. Noonan. All Rights Reserved.