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Tuesday, September 6, 2011


bound by ropes
loosened when seen
for what they truly are
the trappings of mind coiling
‘round itself in fear of that which
cannot be constrained, controlled, tamed
courage: sitting in the tangled messiness of life
feeling afraid, doing what needs to be done anyway
trusting that no mind-state is permanent, release is a breath


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  1. I like this verse Laura.

    I find that once I can untangle my mind, my body is released from the tension, and the day is easier to get through.

  2. I have taken a breath of release for you. : )

    We do go on and on, circle around and about, attempting to shake loose the tangles.

    No mind, and letting go, is my only hope.

    The wonder of it all.

  3. Beautifully put, Laura. To find equanimity even feeling the power of those knots is really something. Thank you for your voice of encouragement. xo

  4. Beautiful, sometimes we get so caught up in the rat race of life we forget, we are as free as we 'allow' our minds to be.
    This says it so much more eloquently. Lovely.

  5. I love this poem and the photo that goes with it! I got caught up on all your weekend posts too and love your photo of the tree that grew into a heart!

  6. release is a breath...lovely, Laura :)

  7. many things, when seen for what they truly are lose their hold over us...a nice freedom found in the wisdom of this...hope you are well...smiles.

  8. This is exactly what I needed to read. "The trappings of the mind," indeed!

  9. Almost looks like snakes tangled together - creepy. :)

  10. I like this very much.
    My first visit to your blog..
    and I shall return again.
    ☮ Siggi in Downeast Maine

  11. Life can get us all tangled up and in a rat race and we forget where we are or what is going on it is like we are trapped. So well done

  12. great post - the poem and photo are well matched

  13. i much like the picture you paint for this state of mind...sounds all so familiar...trusting that no mind-state is permanent...and then the release...i like the un-knotting at the end

  14. strong imagery in word and pic

  15. I have definitely needed the deep breath and gets too hectic, too crazy and I am sucked in.
    I should just exhale.... ♥


  16. how did you do it? write beautifully and meaningful poem and still align them into a perfect triangle as you did? Sometimes we do need to stop, breath and untangle and unknot.

  17. The form lends itself to the coiling... or uncoiling... the tightening, or loosening. Nice work.

  18. yes, yes, and yes. thank you for saying it, so well.

  19. Laura,

    I so needed to hear this today. I am dealing with a lot a physical and emotional pain right now and just talked to my doctor this week about starting yoga to help reduce stress and to ....breeeeaathe.

    It is hard to sit in the mess but easier when I remind myself, as you did here, that it will pass. I believe it will but then my sick mind goes right to saying this: "yah, but it will come back again, too."

    lol - I just want to be able to focus and enjoy it when it is good and be at peace even when it is not.

    I always get a spiritual message from you that is pertinent to my life each time I visit here. Thank you, Laura. You help me just by being you and sharing yourself with others. I know that in our pain and suffering God uses us to be of service to others. I wish He didn't use me so much (smiles - I'm just kidding. I feel very blessed however, the human side of me still wishes it could be done without the pain.)

    ok, I have rambled enough. hope you are well.

    Love and light,

  20. texture do look like it is snake...

  21. I know I am right when I state wonderful people write wonderful pieces- as this is so tangled and untangled so full of hope- love the font and the pyramid it draws

    Hugs, sweet lady!!!

  22. Hi, Rob Kistner here. This is a piece well written, engaging – good work… mine is here:

  23. Thank you for sharing these very apt words, I love your blog.

  24. i like the buildup, and i liked the fonts with the curls, looked stringy:)

  25. Very interesting.

    I love the photo and I think your verse captures it well ;-)

  26. Excellent composition in your photo and excellent choice for black and white, too.
    I like your poem.

    Greeting and best wishes for you Laura

  27. Beautiful, Laura. Made me take a deep breath.

  28. Cool imagery - yes, my stomach too often feels that way.


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