Transformation into Tenderness

I found peace in the deep knowing that all things could be viewed as being in a state of continuous transformation into tenderness.

Every single creative project I entered as well as every life challenge reflected the serenity to be found as I surrendered ever more deeply into this organic movement. Instead of trying so hard to struggle against this natural process, I learned to return to the quiet prayer within and allow outer movement to follow.



Softening came

as I learned to

process life

in subtler ways —

feeling for wisdom

in all of my


not sorting out

each one,

but listening with

my heart

beneath the stories

on the surface.

It was a welcome

shift from how it

had been

into finding and being

the healer within.

Something Real

It happened subtly

at first.

Thoughts and ideas

and all those many

images and words

about how

we should be

and how

things had been

began to fade —

just enough

to let in

something unexpected —

an original thought,

a genuine expression,

a little breathing space —

a tender interaction

almost missed —

the serenity we felt

as we didn’t grasp.

Maybe it was us

who dared to

turn away

in search of

something real.


This pain

you feel

is not separate

from the pain of

the world.

But it does not

define who or what

or where you are.

You must keep


Don’t look only

for relief

or some explanation

or label

to describe

what is on the surface.

Don’t look

to the world

for this.

You may find

these kinds

of answers.

But they will be

surface answers.

Look deeper.

Keep searching

until your heart

begins to speak


Always listen

to your heart,

even if it seems

so subtle that you

have to strain

just to feel some kind

of faint whisper.

It will

become louder.

May it lead you



Longing to Return

I return

in silent reverence

to this quiet place

tucked away within

my heart,

where there is sadness,

where there is pain —

pain that can’t be labeled

or spoken —

tears left behind in

exchange for

the longing to return —

knowing the power

of standing still

and the sacredness

of the journey back.

— Laurie, What’s Right Here