Hiking Therapy

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Hiking Therapy

Hiking Therapy

I had to hike today. It felt as if the walls of the pressures of my life were closing in around me. As I meandered my way up the rocky mountain passing by families, couples and friends, I was relieved that I was unnoticed. Somehow each step felt like therapy. There were moments when I felt like crying and, or screaming. But, just like life, I just kept walking and these moments passed. I got to the top of the mountain. The sun beamed down on my skin and below I saw a blanket of fog covering up the beautiful ocean. What could this mean? Was there an analogy in this? Maybe my life would be foggy until I had the courage to see the beauty underneath the everyday stuff. Maybe the impermanence of the fog was the key.

I walked down the hill and breathed in the moist air. The fog cooled my skin.  For a few moments, I felt light as a butterfly. I felt carefree. I wanted to run down the remainder of the trail. But, I walked and enjoyed the moment. I watched the people laboring as they were traversing up the hill and I wanted to say, “Hang in there, you’re almost there.” But, I was unnoticed. So, I whispered this to myself. I got in my car and my tightness returned. My chest felt tighter and tighter until I got home. I thought about my fog analogy. The fog is there until….I get the courage to see the jewels underneath. Right now, I don’t have the courage.

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Unwantedness

Unwantedness

You don’t call me anymore.
As I stare outside the icy door,

Clouds grace the cool clear skies.
Moonbeams slice the heart of night.

We abide in the shadows of the dark.
The ghost of our love appears then departs.

The silence of my phone beckons me
My unwantedness envelops my being.

Doves fly towards the morning sun.
Free to land, afraid of none.

Clearly now I see, though I am numb.
Why you don’t call me anymore.

Curtain Call

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Curtain Call

Guess What?!
The wizard wasn’t real.
The scarecrow had a brain.
The tin man had a heart.
The lion had courage.
Dorothy knew the way home.

The answers were there all along.
If only we had the courage to pull back the curtain.