For Nurses on Nurse’s Day 2015

It is Florence Nightingale’s birthday

And I realize it has taken me many years

To really understand her precepts

To deeply connect with the idea

That environments of caring support people’s own healing process.

I hold forth now

That all nursing is holistic-caring nursing

And if you disagree, I would kindly suggest

That if it is not holistic and caring, it is not nursing.

If it is not holistic-caring, it may be that

Some nurses have become the technical hand maiden

The extension of the idea of curing versus healing.

I invite you to take a step both forward and backward:

Forward toward the essence and heart of nursing as caring-healing practices

Backward toward the concept that healing is about environment

Forward to the idea that consciousness impacts the environment and healing

Backward to the idea that people need clean water, sound nutrition, fresh air, and sanitation

Forward to the thought that the earth is in a healing process

Backward to the notion of recognizing our unity as one group spinning around the sun.

I wish all nurses a journey toward peace, healing, love, and light

A successful flight back toward caring practices

I pray for our profession’s healing and that all beings to move toward a greater evolution

As Interconnected Unitary Human Beings.


Tiny Heart

Tiny heart

Beating constantly

If I slow down and breathe

I notice you.


Oh, tiny heart

You amaze me

When I listen through you

Things change.


When I breathe

And focus on your beat

Your size matters not

We become one with all.


Maybe you are somehow more

Then just a little bit of muscle

Beating about in a darkened cage

Something powerful.


I can feel your pulse

Through my whole body

I can feel the love there

When I stop and breathe.


You can change the whole world

Sweet tiny heart

You can open to more

More light, compassion, and love.


Thank you tiny heart

For your daily work

Thank you beautiful heart

May we know peace.

Open your heart

Open your heart

It’s a brand new day

Open your heart

To the loving kindness way

Open your heart

Let the love shine in

Open, open, yes, open up your heart


Wake right up

To this brand new day

Greet it with love

It’s the brand new way

Open your heart

Love is what we have today

Open, open, yes, open up your heart


Release your fears

There is no need to cry

Be here right now

Let your heart open and fly

Move beyond pain and suffering

Let your heart be full

Open, open, yes, open up your heart



An open heart

One that is filled with love

An open heart

Loving kindness way

An open heart

It is yours today

Open, open, yes, open up your heart