Entries by Danielle

Your Love is All

~ YOUR LOVE IS ALL ~ my love for you brims with such immensity heart spills over heels for all living things every creature with a soul i’ve come to know holds a speck of star who at one time found home as a freckle on your cheek or a fiber in your bones to love […]

Of Cracked Clay

OF CRACKED CLAY when our hearts have been broken perhaps long ago perhaps when they were soft and still forming we can no longer hold love in our bodies we become pots of cracked clay love, like water, graces us quenches us fills us up but it always runs out when our hearts have been […]

For The Wild One

FOR THE WILD ONE wait for the one who returns you to your wild the one who wakes up the animal buried in your body a creature held captive by the unnatural machine of your mind wait for the one who unravels you with a curious claw who marks the path across your back and […]

What Went Down at Shambhala Training: Level 1

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”  — Shunryu Suzuki I’d like to share my thoughts on Shambhala Buddhism and their Level I training course: This weekend I attended a three-day meditation training, hosted by my local Shambhala Meditation Center. Before getting into this specific course, I’d […]

Funeral Heart

FUNERAL HEART ~ there’s a funeral in my heart i hold it for you candle light flickers and flowers in my room a life’s worth of grief comes rushing through from the belly of the body i’ve used for a tomb ~ i couldn’t accept this stillborn death so i’d charge myself up like a […]

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Learning to Live with a Broken Heart.

“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen It’s easy to aspire to strength. It’s easy to offer a solid shoulder to someone we love when they’re suffering. It’s natural, we are empathetic beings after all. We conjure thoughtful quotes, or recommend a good book, or wrap them in […]

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Finding the Freedom to Fail

One would think by now, what with all my professional experience, that I would be a seasoned and savvy fucker-upper. But, alas, whenever I drop the ball, struggle, or straight-up bomb, I feel like a failure. A failure at said task, but also a failure at failing. Such is the plight of the chronic perfectionist, […]

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Breaking-Up With California

~ It’s hard to write this. It’s even harder to publish. There’s a part of me that doesn’t want to admit I’m moving on. Will they think I’m a failure? Do I think I’m a failure? Am I letting the people who love me down by not coming back? The river of insecurity rushes by me faster than […]

Neil Gaiman’s New Year’s Wish

I stumbled upon this post by the fantastic author, Neil Gaiman, at a time when I needed to hear it most. I was about to graduate from college and his words inspired me to take a chance on leaving behind my comfy life in Chicago for a new one in California. “Make glorious, amazing mistakes.” […]