"My life is not this steeply sloping hour in which you see me hurrying."
- Rainer Maria Rilke

( "If Only One Person in the Boat Could Remain Calm...."
article by Diane Handlin   included below)
An Invitation to Learn
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

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Presented by the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Center of New Jersey, the program offers powerful methods for reducing stress in your everyday life.

Diane Handlin, Ph.D., is one of the few instructors in New Jersey and in the world (not just trained) but actually  Certified by the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School (founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn). She, and her husband, Jim Handlin, Ed.D., who is also Certified by the CFM, often teach together.

This we know:
The earth does not
 belong to man,
Man belongs to the Earth.
All things are connected
like the blood that unites us all.
Man did not weave
the web of life,
he is but a strand in it.
Whatever he does to the web he does to himself.
~ Chief Seattle ~

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Ring the bells
that  still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack,
a crack in everything 
That's how the light gets in
Ring the bells
that  still can ring 
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack,
a crack in everything 
That's how the light gets in
That's how the light gets in
That's how the light gets in

~ Leonard Cohen ~

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"If Only One Person in the Boat Could Remain Calm...."

Dear Reader,

I've been writing in recent issues about some of the challenges of living in the digital world, and citing research that reveals that living with constant distraction is not healthy for us or those we love, and according to much research, not even practical in terms of developing optimal efficiency.  Most recently, through the wisdom garnered through taking the MBSR journey with a most sincere and highly motivated class, I have become more and more certain of the pressing need to develop skills for developing greater self-compassion and the cultivation of wisdom in order to live more wisely. This summer's celebration of the anniversary of our walk on the moon, enabling us to look once more at our beautiful, fragile planet from the vantage point of the moon, also led to me doing some re-valuation. To become responsible maintainers of the planet, as Native American culture defines our charge, we humans seem to need support, and even role models, for re-cultivating skills for how to deepen our capacity for true compassion and wisdom.
Reflecting upon practical applications of compassion and wisdom, led me to remember a story shared by the renowned Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hahn(who is moving toward the end of his long and generous life, now that he, for so long a refugee, has been allowed to return to Vietnam). He tells the moving story of how he, like many people escaping perilous conditions today, fled with the Boat People who were escaping the Vietcong at the end of the Vietnamese war. As he and his people were desperately trying to find anything that could float(boats, leaky or not, doors, etc.) on which to place their families, friends, and even their beloved pets, so they could escape with their lives, Thich Nhat Hahn recalls that:
If even one person in the boat could remain calm, it meant
the difference between life and death for the whole family.

In our most recent MBSR class, one of our students, a psychologist and mother of two young children, a boy and a girl, one not yet school age and one just school age, wrote the following generous letter to us. It vividly expresses the relationship between compassion for self and the development of mindfulness skills and tools which can lead to wise choices, wise actions and real wisdom. Early in the MBSR program, she shared the challenges of trying to practice the skills she was learning early in the morning before her day got underway. At first, her young children, not understanding her new behavior of meditating would, as would be perfectly natural, try to interrupt in order to get her attention. She reported that her supportive husband would often strongly remind them, "Mommy is meditating now. Let Mommy meditate." As with all the new skills she was learning, there was a learning curve both for her and for her young family. Her solution was to bring compassion and wisdom, to try and work mindfully with a challenging situation, responding creatively, rather than reacting. By staying calm, but determined, she was able to honor her complex feelings, her needs and her children's needs, trusting that if she stayed calm, something good could result for all. And by putting her experience into letter form, she offered a gift to us all:

Dear Diane and Jim,
Before I began the MBSR program my husband asked me "How is this any different from an App?"  As I had not completed the program I was not sure how to respond to his question but after completing the program this is what I have learned:
The experiential component of the program is invaluable.  In particular, I learned so much from the insights and sharing of others in the class.   For me it was very helpful to hear about others' experiences, as I often questioned the process I was going through.  Most notably I felt the intentionality of both of you and the loving kindness you gave to us in every class, conveying thoughtfulness and caring in the way you taught and responded to all of us in the class.   You are models for how to be with others and ourselves.  
At the first class, Jim asked me how things went and I remember saying how difficult it was to complete the Body Scan. But I was committed to the class in part because a dear supervisor who had taken the class had told me about the benefits of the class.  At the last class I realized that I was able to engage in the Body Scan in a more meaningful way, with less restlessness and more intentionality and this made me very happy because of what I was able to do.  
A couple of things about my meditation practice: 
At the beginning of the course it was very hard to complete the meditation and find time in my day, particularly with two small children at home.  But 6 days out of the week, I committed to doing at least 30 minutes of meditation.  Over time I noticed a ripple effect within me and with my family. I found a time in the morning that worked for me, which required me to get up early before my children arose.   Then the sweetest thing started to happen.  If my kids got up before I had completed my meditation they would find me and sit next to me, often in silence (for a little bit).  They knew mommy meditates.   My older son would just be there, leaning on me and sometimes he would fall back to sleep while I was meditating.  This gave me such joy and comfort that the meditation was part of our lives in a seamless way.  The other nice part was that we stopped immediately listening to devices when waking up in the morning and were able to be together in a little bit of silence.  
The other ripple effect was that my husband started to meditate!  He was going through a very stressful period and began to use meditation as a way to cope (although it was on an App!).  My mother has also started to become interested in meditating and is trying to start a practice herself.  The different ways being mindful and practicing meditation impacted my life is truly unexpected.  Now, I look to meditate and use the breath as often as possible to be in the present moment. I am looking forward to doing more reading and becoming more knowledgeable about Mindfulness and also have started to incorporate it into my work as a practicing psychologist. 
With so much gratitude for all you have given to me!!

This beautiful letter, as well as this psychologist's and other class members' powerful insights that arose especially in the class which focused on working with mindful approaches to Difficult Communications, led me to go back to my notes that I had taken during a Harvard Medical School Conference entitled Meditation and Psychotherapy: Cultivating Compassion and Wisdom, in which the Dalai Lama was the keynote speaker. On the stage with him were some of the most prominent psychologists and psychiatrists in our country, along with Jon Kabat-Zinn, who is very close to the Dalai Lama.
When answering questions, the Dalai Lama often paused, obviously weighing each question by recalling the received wisdom from his Tibetan Tradition, as well as the wisdom he had accrued from his own life experience. Sometimes he would chuckle. When he needed to express something particularly complex, his translator would sometimes speak for him. He also at times sat in silence, and said, "I don't know." The experience of his humility, as well as his gentle humor, during exchanges about the relationship between compassion, wisdom and justice is still with me as I write about it today.
At one point, the Dalai Lama, with great warmth, and seemingly almost childlike innocence, asked the panel, "What is modern psychology?" After a few mostly intellectual responses, Jon Kabat-Zinn stood up and spoke with great intensity, even what I experienced as an attendant ferocity, and his question snapped me awake:

"You are the most important figure in the world for exploring the subject of the relationship between wisdom and compassion. It is catalytic for Harvard to hold this conference with this sub-text. Without you here, this would have been impossible. But now we have come back to what your tradition identifies as the First Noble Truth: There is suffering in the world. Psychology is the west's way to try to address the suffering of the human mind when it doesn't know itself-when it mistakes a small, theoretically independent part of the mind for the larger interdependent whole.  The fate of the human race and of the entire planet is at stake. The relationship of the self to impermanence and suffering are essential to our understanding of what Western psychology and psychotherapy bring. My question is around the nature of the self."

Kabat-Zinn continued: Is there some understanding beyond our thought of "myself?" Are we what we think we are or something larger? It is said that Compassion and Wisdom are like two wings of a bird. Is there some deepening of wisdom possible and how would it or could it hold compassion?

His Holiness' response was rich and complex. Pieces of what he said are as follows: All suffering comes from ignorance-lack of realization of the nature of reality.  In reality, we can't find Self as an independent separate entity. The basis of fear is ignorance. Fear is related to attachment.  Attachment and Desire are two separate things. Everyone has the desire for a happy, joyful life. That desire is right. Think about each person that way.

Grasping is sometimes considered negative, but it is based on ignorance.  In Buddhist texts, if someone engages in a virtuous act based on independent Self, it may seem virtuous, but it may not be so. (From the received wisdom from his own tradition), he said that it is said that if one has faith towards God, one sees that the separate Self is no longer important. It is illusion. Action taken from a more selfless place is different. You need tremendous will and self-confidence...not sedate...strong center...based on wisdom, based on compassion.

The Basic Question is: How to build this Healthy State.  To reduce suffering must reduce intensity of attachment. To reduce intensity of attachment and self-grasping, meditate on impermanence. This will help you develop compassion. You need compassion for yourself first.  Before concern for others, concern for self. If hate self, can't have genuine concern for others. You develop self-hate because deep inside you want perfect! Judgment leads to self-hatred. The human mind works very fast. Underlying is the ideal of self, the sense that one has failed. In forgetfulness, we are self-critical. Look deeper. There is a yearning for something good for oneself. For more precise understanding, need to discuss and find contradictions. For healthy growth, many factors are needed in our mind and also in our body. This is a practice. It takes training. 

Even myself. I meditate. I often feel inadequate. (At other times he spoke of facing his own moments of despair and sense of lack.) But, then with much practice, perhaps in a hundred years, perhaps more suddenly, something changes.  Sometimes an event looks like a disaster. From another end, maybe some good things can come from it. No use worry, worry, worry. If you look from another angle, you see you waste your time just to sit with your hands folded. When a life goes smoothly, there is time to pretend, but during difficult times, no time to pretend-must face reality.

At another point in the conference, the Dalai Lama also told a number of stories in his attempt to further illustrate the relationship between Compassion and Wisdom. One was of a Tibetan monk who had been imprisoned in a Chinese gulag for 18 years. When the Dalai Lama asked him how it was, the man paused and said, "A few times I was in danger." The Dalai Lama repeated, "In danger?" He replied, "Yes, a few times I was in danger of losing compassion for the Chinese." At another time, the Dali Lama told the story of his anxiety during the night fifty years ago when Tibetan monks were taking him out of his beloved home in Tibet, by horseback at night. He could see the Chinese searching for him with guns across the river, ready to kill him. In his anxiety, he could hear the horses' hooves and his own heart beating. He concluded by saying,"Compassion is important, but sometimes other things need to be done. If a mad dog is chasing you, you must seek a way to escape." (The implication for me was the importance of cultivating the skills for being able to make intelligent, strategic choices.)

After the Dalai Lama left, someone told the conference attendees that he meets with every Tibetan refugee who wishes to visit with him and that he listens to each person's story from beginning to end and just sits and weeps the whole time. For sixty years, he himself has been a refugee from Tibet, never able to go home. I can still feel in my body, mind and heart what I was experiencing in that room on that day. His humanity, his humor, wisdom and compassion 
have been transformative. 

Diane Handlin, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist

NJ Lic. #3306

Diane Handlin, PhD
Diane Handlin, Ph.D.
Founder and
Executive Director
Jim Handlin, Ed.D.
Educational Consultant

The most important
 thing we can do
is  to hear within ourselves
the sounds of the earth crying.
~ Thich Nhat Hahn ~

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Sweet Darkness
You must learn one thing,
The world was made to be free in.
Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.
Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness to learn
anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive  
is too small for you.
~ David Whyte ~

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Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
~ Emma Lazarus ~
Plaque affixed to the
Statue of Liberty, 1903

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Love After Love
The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other's welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the
stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread.
Give back your heart to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you
have ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes, peel your own image from the mirror. Sit. Feast on your life.  
~ Derek Walcott ~

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The Good News 
The good news
They do not print.
The good news
we do print.
We have a special edition every moment
and we need you to read it.

The good news
is that you are alive,
That the linden tree
is still there,
standing firm in
 the harsh winter.

The good news is that you have wonderful eyes
to touch the blue sky.
The good news is that your child is there before you,
and your arms are available:
hugging is possible.

They only print
what is wrong. 
Look at each of our
special editions.
We always offer  the
things that are not wrong.
We want you to
benefit from them
and help protect them.

The dandelion is
 there by the sidewalk,
Smiling its wondrous smile,
Singing the song of eternity.
Listen. You have ears
that can hear it.
Bow your head.
Listen to it.

Leave behind
the world of sorrow,
Of preoccupation,
And get free. 
The latest good news
Is that you can do it.
~ Thich Nhat Hahn ~


I am not I 
I am not I.
I am this one
Walking beside me
whom I do not see,
Whom at times I manage to visit,
And whom at other times I forget;
The one who remains silent
when I talk,
The one who forgives,
sweet, when I hate,
The one who takes a walk
where I am not,
The one who will remain
standing when I die.

 ~ Juan Ramon Jimenez ~


The Word
Down near the bottom
of the crossed-out list
of things you have to do today,
between "green thread"
and "broccoli," you find
that you have penciled "sunlight."
Resting on the page, the word
Is beautiful. It touches you
as if you had a friend
and sunlight were a present
he had sent from someplace distant  as this morning-to cheer you up,
and to remind you that,
among your duties, pleasure
is a thing
that also needs accomplishing.
Do you remember that time and light are kinds
of love, and love
is no less practical than a coffee grinder
or a safe spare tire?
Tomorrow you may be utterly
without a clue,
but today you get a telegram
from the heart in exile,
proclaiming that the
 kingdom  still exists,
the king and queen alive,
still speaking to their children.
--to any one among them
who can find the time
to sit out in the sun and listen.
~ Tony Hoagland ~


Oceans (Seas)
I have a feeling that
my boat  has struck, down there in the depths,
against a great thing.
And nothing
Happens! Nothing...Silence...Waves...
--Nothing happens? Or has everything happened?
And we are standing now, quietly, in the new life?
~ Juan Ramón Jiménez ~


A Poem for My Daughter
It seems we have made pain
Some kind of mistake,
like having it
is somehow wrong.
Don't let them fool you-
Pain is a part of things.
But remember, dear Ellie,
The compost down
in the field:
If the rank and dank
and dark  are handled well,
not merely discarded,
but turned and known
and honored,
they one day come to
beds of rich earth
home even to the most delicate rose.
May God come to you disguised as your life.
Blessings often arrive as trouble.
In French, the word blesser means to wound
...And in Sanskrit there is a phrase,
a phrase to carry with you
wherever you go:
sarvam annam:
everything is food.
Every last thing.
~ Teddy Macker ~


What you do not know
is the only thing you know,
And what you own
is what you do not own,
And where you are
is where you are not,
Leading to a condition of complete simplicity,
Costing not less than everything.
~ T.S Eliot  ~


The Living Moment 

There is a stillness at dawn
asking for me

I hear
the note not played

I see
the line not written

I understand
the word not spoken

I am
in stillness

I am
the Living Moment
~ Cliff Woodward ~
 (with  Stephen Damon)

Worthy of Note

Jon Kabat-Zinn founded the world-renowned  Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic in 1979 and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society (CFM) in 1995 at the University of Mass Medical School. Jon's excellent foundational book,  Full Catastrophe Living, 1990, describes the exact program which is still the touchstone for this work, and Jon's inclusion in Bill Moyers Healing and the Mind on PBS in 1993 sky-rocketed his work into the public domain. 

Center for Mindfulness
40th Anniversary Celebration, Oct. 24-27
(Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, info to be announced)

Since Saki Santorelli, former director of the CFM, retired, several of its senior educators have left the CFM and have partnered with the Brown University's Mindfulness Center. This includes, Judson Brewer, M.D., director of research and  innovation, Florence-Meleo Meyer, global ambassador, and Dianne Horgan, associate director, with the Brown program's executive director, Dr. Eric Loucks. 

Brown University's Mindfulness Center: 
The Brown Center's mission statement related to research states: "We are at a time in history when mindfulness research is rapidly expanding, and mindfulness has become a $1 billion industry in the United States alone. There is great need for methodologically rigorous research to help determine whether reported impacts of mindfulness on health are fad or fact. The Mindfulness Center at Brown leads initiatives in this area. Our researchers include experts from medicine, public health, and humanities to examine mindfulness from all angles."

Brown's program is centered around Jon Kabat-Zinn's work and his definition of mindfulness as, "awareness that arises through paying attention on purpose in the present moment, non-judgmentally." (And, we have heard Jon in person, add, and "with affection.")

Workshops and Resources

At www.jonkabat-zinn.com you can view many videos of Jon speaking and teaching on the About page as well as Anderson Cooper's 60 Minute Interview with Jon on the Home page, as well as much more. 

New Books by Kabat-Zinn published by Hachette Books:
(1) Meditation is Not What You Think: Mindfulness and Why it is So Important; (2) Falling Awake: How to Practice Mindfulness in Everyday Life, 2018;
(3) The Healing Power of Mindfulness: A New Way of Being;
(4) Mindfulness for All: The Wisdom to Transform the World, 2019.
See our website at  www.mindfulnessnj.com
 for Jon's other books

Omega Presents
Omega in Rhinebeck, NY Presents the following Workshops (arranged according to date):

Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves & the World Through Mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Sept. 22-27, 2019

(Please note that any workshop with Jon Kabat-Zinn workshops fills and closes almost as soon as it is advertised, but if you get on their waiting list early enough, you very often will be moved into the class as other people's plans change.)

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Insight Meditation Retreat, Florence Meleo-Meyer, Bob Stahl, and Eric B. Loucks, October 4-11, 2019

 Reckoning with Racism: A Mindfulness- Based Approach to Transforming Implicit Bias and Confronting Injustice, Jon Kabat-Zinn with Rhonda V. Magee, A One Day Talk and Retreat, Coming to New York City December 6-7, 2019 (Sponsored by Omega)

The Medicine of the Moment: How mindfulness is making inroads in health care through habit change, stress reduction, self-care, and decreasing physical burnout, Barry Boyce and Peter Jaret, 5th Anniversary Issue of Mindful magazine, April 2018

Too Early to Tell: The Potential Impact and Challenges-Ethical and Otherwise-Inherent in the Mainstreaming of Dharma in an Increasingly Dystopian World, Jon Kabat-Zinn, 2017

Some Reflections on the Origins of MBSR, Skillful Means, and the 
Trouble with Maps, Jon Kabat-Zinn, 2011

Mindfulness, Healing and Transformation: The Pain and the Promise of Befriending the Full Catastrophe with Jon Kabat-Zinn

Jon Kabat-Zinn's Keynote Address at the 2016 Psychotherapy Networker Conference: "The Radical Gesture of Mindfulness: Let the Beauty We Love Be What We Do"  
  New Jersey Psychological Association - December 2016 e-newsletter,  "Why Mindfulness Matters," editor, Diane Handlin

Mindfulness and Education  at Newark Academy in the Fall of 2015 (For further information on Jim Handlin, see Bios page at www.mindfulnessnj.com )

Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body, Daniel Goleman & Richard J. Davidson, 2017  

The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smart-phones to Love - Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits, a new book by Judson Brewer
with a forward by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Congressman Tim Ryan, A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance and Recapture the American Spirit, with a foreward by Jon Kabat-Zinn 

Nobel prize-winner Elizabeth Blackburn and researcher Elissa Epel
who have demonstrated how the telomeres at the end of chromosomes have the capacity to lengthen as a result of lifestyle changes and the development of stress reduction skills, resulting in enhanced health and increased longevity.


"A Necessary and Vital Moment,"
Jon Kabat-Zinn's Science of Mindfulness,
Opening to Our Lives:
an interview with Krista Tippett

Jon Kabat-Zinn discusses Mindfulness in Education, January 26, 2006
Mindfulness in Education ( Part 1)
Mindfulness in Education ( Part 2)
Mindfulness in Education ( Part 3)

More Videos with Jon Kabat-Zinn

Jon Kabat-Zinn discusses the scientific research on MBSR and its relationship to health,
Google talk, YouTube, March 8, 2007. 

Bill Moyers PBS video
on  Healing from Within
from the series  Healing and the Mind

Readings Page  at our website

Audio & Videos Page at our website

Selected past issues of The Living Moment

Recommended Reading

Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn,  Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting, New York Hyperion, 1997.


With a deep bow, I dedicate this newsletter to all of my teachers and students, both formal and informal, who have each in their own way and most often by their example, taught me how to live a fully human life. And, once more, with the deepest gratitude, to Dave Kapferer, our incredibly creative, patient, and steadfast Technical Director who continues through his immense talent and deep caring to make everything hum, and without whom this newsletter would not exist. And also, to the incredible poets, including my husband, Jim Handlin, whose work never ceases to inspire. And of course to dear Triston Handlin, our Technical Manager, without whose devotion and expertise, this newsletter would never come to you, and, of course, to Dr. Sandy Renna, my creative, multi-talented, dear friend since childhood, whose beautiful photographs have graced these newsletter pages.

"As to the value of the course, I would note that the group workshop designed to work through Jon Kabat-Zinn's curriculum is very effective. The workshop / course added a great deal of depth and opened my mind to a different way of looking at things and fostered exploration. When mindfullly present, time seems to expand for me. I relax, freed from thinking about the next place I have to be or the next thing I have to do ... I have discovered that if I hold off, I usually do not act along the lines of my first reaction. I've realized that I almost always have time not to act immediately. I've also rediscovered my happy me, what I remember from soooo long ago ..., and that is really wonderful."       - Jane Dobson, Corporate attorney


IMPORTANT NOTICE: Although Dr. Handlin is a licensed psychologist and has a separate psychology practice, please note that this is an educational course and not psychotherapy. In addition, information contained in this document is informational and not to be construed as medical advice. If you suspect you have medical issues, please pursue appropriate treatment. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a separate educational course for those interested in developing mind-body connections. MBSR is a non-psychological service offered apart from Dr. Handlin's psychology practice and is not meant to substitute for personal or professional psychological advice which must be received from a licensed mental health professional.

NJ Lic. #3306

Acknowledgement for Photography:
Sandy Renna's Photography and Woodturning can be found at  sandyrenna.com  and Sandy can be reached at fsrenna@gmail.com
Acknowledgments for Poetry: 
This we know, Chief Seattle, Found on a menu at the Inn of the Anasazi in Santa Fe, N.M.
Excerpt from  Anthem by Leonard Cohen, Source:  LyricFind, Anthem lyrics,  Copyright Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
The Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh when asked what we need to do to save our world responded:  What we most need to do is to hear within us the sound of the earth crying.
Sweet Darkness, by David Whyte from  The House of Belonging, copyright Many Rivers Press, Langley, WA, USA.  www.davidwhyte.com
Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Emma Lazarus, from a plaque affixed to the Statue of Liberty from her poem,  The New Colossus, a sonnet she wrote in 1883 to raise money for the construction of a pedestal for the Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World). In 1903, the poem was cast on the bronze plaque which was mounted inside the pedestal's lower level. The plaque describes itself as an engraving; it is actually a casting. On the plaque the line " Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" is missing a comma, and reads in Lazarus' manuscript, " Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" Lazarus died in 1887 when she was 38 years old. The original MS is held by the American Jewish Historical Society.  ( The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc).
The Good News (Excerpt), Thich Nhat Hahn, The Engaged Buddhist Reader, 1996, ed. By Arnold Kotler with permission of Parallax Press, Berekely California www.Parallax.org
Found in  Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems, Phyllis Cole-Dai & Ruby R Wilson, eds, Grayson Books,, West Hartford, Ct., 2017,  www.GraysonBooks.com
I Am Not I, Juan Ramon Jimenez,  The Soul is Here For Its Own Joy: Sacred Poems from Many Cultures, ed. by Robert Bly, The Ecco Press, 1995.
" Love After Love," Derek Walcott, Collected Poems 1948-1984. New York, Farrar Strauss Giroux, 1986.
The Word, Tony Hoagland, Sweet Ruin. University of Wisconsin Press, 1993,  2017.
Oceans (alternatively translated as " Seas"), by Juan Ramon Jimenez,  The Soul is Here for its Own Joy: Sacred Poems from Many Cultures, ed. Robert Bly, The Ecco Press, 1995.
A Poem for My Daughter (Excerpt), Teddy Macker,  The World, White Cloud Press, 2015.
What You Do Not Know-Excerpt-T.S. Eliot

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