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Refuge

Where can you run where can you hide
Seeking solace from pain inside
Head spinning breathing shallow
Terror and pain filling marrow

Emptiness present hole in your gut
What keeps you falling into this rut
Where is the exit where is the door
Where is the freedom your heart longs for

No motivation no not for now
Wondering if ever and how
Will a steel bullet quiet the pain
Is that a sentence worse than this rain

TLonging for clear space quiet inside
All the while knowing no place to hide
To quiet the chatter deal with the pain
You make a plan to start over again

Only sure refuge we have is compassion
Get beyond self-loathing and all its passion
Deep in the quiet of your empty stillness
Find wisdom and comfort in your forgiveness

What quests have driven your life?
What have you given up in search of your own integrity?
What have been the rewards?
What is the source of the pain that cripples you and disturbs your sense of peace and quiet? How do you deal with the demons?
What have you discovered about the gift and value buried in the suffering

- Stewart Levine ©

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I have always been a seeker, always looking for the answers to what seekers ponder. I can remember Dr. Maxwell Maltz and Psychocybernetics; Dr. Carl Rogers On Becoming a Person. Moving through my legal training and practicing law the focus was always about people and how to better their lives. All that searching, reading, studying and introspective work culminated in this collection of daily readings for seekers. My work in the world has progressed from fighting legal cases to mediating divorces to helping people understand the essentials of relationship and collaborating to these poems. How can we collaborate effectively and work with each other in harmony to create the world we seek. How can we mindfully enable this world to become a place that works for all. My prayer is that through introspection using these poems as a guide we can all grow together in making the world the Heaven on Earth we all aspire toward.

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