Ventral Vagal To The Rescue

My internal first responder

sometimes sees danger 

where none exists. 

I thank him 

for his readiness 

 and let him know

my prefrontal cortex can handle this.



Retreat Center

Plenty of reasons

to worry, but my body

is at peace so when

my mind starts its spiel,

I’ll listen from my center.


January 6, 2021

In one day,

hope and despair,

acceptance and denial,

dignity and dishonor,

courage and cowardice,

inspiration and incitement,

order and anarchy

all on full display.