Imagining Love



“It’s an interesting thing,” I say to my Dad over the phone, “that when I am afraid of something that is invisible, I suddenly see it everywhere, or at least I imagine it everywhere.” The next morning, while scrambling eggs, a corollary thought occurred to me: If fear can make the invisible visible, can love do the same? Can leaning into trust and awe and compassion allow me to “see” that love is present in every moment, in every being, in every space? The video below combines my reading of a poem with photographs I’ve taken in moments that moved me to awe– the curve of the earth as seen from an airplane, the ease of a bird gliding across a clear blue sky, the majesty of a cave both carved by water's flow and nourished by it, the playfulness of my child dancing on the beach at sunset, and the impossibility of a rainbow captured by my phone's camera. Sending you a GIGANTIC love beam. You might not be able to see it, but trust me, it’s real.



There Are No Words

(from Brainstorms)


For some things there are no words.


The feeling of hearts connected across time and space,

Of knowing what someone is thinking even without them saying it,

Of picking up the phone to send a message

To find that love is writing at the same time.


When I think about love

In all its forms,

I wish I could describe the rush of energy I felt

When I stood underneath the path

Of hundreds of birds as they migrated up the canyon,

The feeling of wanting to go back in for my camera

And knowing that if I turned my back for a moment

They would be gone.


When I think about loss and pain and heartache and fear

And tears

And tears

And tears I can’t explain,

There are no words.


To love is to embrace the risk.

To love is to embrace the risk that one day I will lose love.


One day I will lose love.

There is no question of that.

Children grow.

Loved ones go.

People change.


I am changing every day. And tomorrow

I will look at love through a different lens.


But today I can let myself stand in awe,

Let my body become overwhelmed with the feeling

Contained within this magnificent impermanence

Of love

For which

There are no words.