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Poetry Sunday-Inner Critic

Poetry Sunday-Inner Critic

    Inner Critic     Inner Critic (IC)~You can do better, Donna.   You know and so do I.   I don’t want to hear excuses.   I just want to see results.     My dear Inner Critic, I know you mean well, but I beg to differ with you.  I am not […]

Poetry Sunday-Finding My Core

Poetry Sunday-Finding My Core

    Finding My Core     I stand here at my center while all around me seems to be falling apart. Senseless violence. Memories of loved ones, now gone, bubble up to open the wounds of my heart.     And it is in these times I seek my core, a need to express […]

Fearless Living

Fearless Living

“Hope and fear come from feeling that we lack something; they come from a sense of poverty. We can’t simply relax with ourselves. We hold on to hope, and hope robs us of the present moment. We feel that someone else knows what is going on, but that there is something missing in us, and […]

Conversations in the Garden: On Pers...

Conversations in the Garden:  On Perspective

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” ~Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden     For me, I would say the world IS a garden.  A big, beautiful garden full of plants and wildlife, so much more fascinating than I could ever dream them to be.  And […]

Nature’s Healing Balm

Nature’s Healing Balm

“What a joy it is to feel the soft, springy earth under my feet once more, to follow grassy roads that lead to ferny brooks where I can bathe my fingers in a cataract of rippling notes, or to clamber over a stone wall into green fields that tumble and roll and climb in riotous […]

Poetry Sunday-Perennial Life

Poetry Sunday-Perennial Life

    Perennial Life     A beautiful spring. Next a strong summer, Moves to a waning fall As blossom and leaf are shed.   To winter slumber, Emerging slowly. Renewed with the warm spring breezes, To flower once more with vigor- Begins the cycle again.      © Donna Donabella 2016 __________________________________________________________ As a […]

Conversations In The Garden: On Find...

Conversations In The Garden:  On Finding My Power

Message from the Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers: “As you move through these changing times… be easy on yourself and be easy on one another. You are at the beginning of something new. You are learning a new way of being. You will find that you are working less in the yang modes that you […]

Innovation in 2016

Innovation in 2016

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.”   ~T.S. Eliot     Just before the New Year, I have a tradition of choosing a word to guide me through the coming year.  It becomes my muse, […]

Poetry Sunday-Reframing

Poetry Sunday-Reframing

    Reframing     I move on slow footsteps, In the opposite direction To the farthest shore To sit with myself.     Away from conformity, from perfection, From fear and moral outrage.     Turning my face toward the moon A softer reflection catching my tired eyes. Seeing through a darkness revealed A truer […]

Conversations In The Garden: On Resti...

Conversations In The Garden: On Resting

“A change is as good as a rest.” ― Stephen King     I am not sure I totally agree that change can be restful.  When our lives go through so much change, we need a period of rest afterwards to replenish our weary bodies and minds.  Our lives can be so overwhelming at times. […]

Conversations in the Garden-On Self-N...

Conversations in the Garden-On Self-Nourishment

“There are days I drop words of comfort on myself like falling leaves and remember that it is enough to be taken care of by my self.” ~Brian Andreas     A few months ago I participated in a free online course where 30 inspiring people shared their thoughts and practices on self-love.  It was […]

End of Month Potpourri-May 2015

End of Month Potpourri-May 2015

“People often ask themselves the right questions. Where they fail is in answering the questions they ask themselves, and even there they do not fail by much…But it takes time, it takes humility and a serious reason for searching.”  ~ William Maxwell     As I end this special month of my birth, now another year […]

Conversations In The Garden: On Prio...

Conversations In The Garden:  On Prioritizing Health

“Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos—the trees, the clouds, everything.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh       One year ago today, I was coming home from the hospital after what was to be a simple operation to repair a tricky hernia.  But one overnight stay turned into 5 days […]

Creating Pure Joy

Creating Pure Joy

“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.”  — Erich Fromm     One of the habits I have lost along the way was the ability to have fun.  I noticed it only recently when I was taking stock of myself and my habits after being retired for almost a year.  I did things that […]

Poetry Sunday-Push Pause Please

Poetry Sunday-Push Pause Please

  Push Pause Please   As our days speed by and I fight for my glee, I long for a way to regain my sanity. For time to stand still for just a little while…. to push pause please and bring me a smile:   Pause for a bit of ruminating Pause for a saunter or stroll, Pause […]

Poetry Sunday-Thrive

Poetry Sunday-Thrive

  Thrive   Moving forward Slowly along a path- With a sense of hope and Renewal welling up. Inside filling me With a burning desire That shines bright Radiating all around. A deep realization growing, Flourishing, strong, thriving!   © Donna Donabella 2013 __________________________________________________________ I wrote this poem New Year’s Eve 2013 as I chose my word […]

Finding The Productive Path

Finding The Productive Path

“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need […]

Risen From The Flames

Risen From The Flames

  “None of us suddenly becomes something overnight. The preparations have been in the making for a lifetime.”  ~ Gail Godwin   I never thought I would be one of those people I had read about who was beaten down by life through stress.  Or that a job’s stress would impair my health.  Growing up we would […]

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“Make happy those who are near and those who are far will come.” ~Chinese proverb

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