This Listening

Writing calms me

like medicine.

It quiets me.

I don’t try to understand

with my mind.

I just let it flow out

and sink in

to my heart.

Sometimes one word

shows up in a piece

and reaches where I couldn’t

reach in other ways.

Maybe it is that

I have to become

so still inside

to listen

with my whole being.

Maybe it is this listening

that calms the little parts

of me so profoundly.

— Laurie, Heart Space

Something Beautiful

There was a quieting,

a gentle shift

from pure survival

to an aliveness

that flowed out of

the willingness to embrace

carefully hidden emotion

in a way that was

both safe

and strong enough

to hold

the most painful experiences —

transforming them,

through this holding,

into something beautiful.