Bodypsalm to allow for the fallow

Posted in BODYPSALMS on January 3rd, 2019 by Celeste

Artwork  “New Chapter” by Dobee Snowber

Listen to your own
when you are halted
in a moment of wonder
where the urgent

The present moment
the immense gift
through dark and light

Breathe through your sinews
of tiredness and elation
hope, loss and comfort

Know the creative life
calls for another order

Allow for the fallow
circle back to the quiet

deep within your body
wooing you
to a new chapter.

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Bodypsalm for the flesh knows the truth

Posted in BODYPSALMS, LINKS on September 28th, 2018 by Celeste

      “The space between” by Dobee Snowber

The body knows
when its been violated
cheated from its own voice
the terror, looks, stares, unwanted
touches, violence, penetrations
without consent
horror multiplied within the skin

The skin knows the heart
what lies at the truth
of the untouchable
a heart aching – long
after the event
lasting a lifetime

The flesh knows truth
cries out often
for what occurred in the tissues
Now is the time
to let the body

Proclaim the real
spirit and body are not separate
partners in creation and creating

Let the body have its way
wisdom defies gravity
Here is a hunger
beyond rhetoric
held in the cells

Now is the time

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Bodypsalm for Winter Solstice

Posted in BODYPSALMS, LINKS on December 20th, 2017 by Celeste
by Dobee Snowber

“The queen’s chair” by Dobee Snowber

Sit on the mat
of your own wonder

Constellations of  longing
brew beneath winter
a season of the fruitful dark
is arriving

You are not separate
from the earth
  she is within your cells
calling for tenderness
  created from bone strength
  with fingers of hope

Listen in the shadows
embrace the disruptions
  attend in the unknown
here is a dear companion
the stars of your own turning.



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Bodypsalm to Dare to Create

Posted in BODYPSALMS, LINKS on November 16th, 2017 by Celeste

Artwork (Transitions I) by Dobee Snowber

Write what you dare not write
create what you dare not create
the places hidden in your bones
where longing and aches reside
and your dreams long to arrive
to be massaged to birth

Throw your critic out
let it reach far into the recycling bin
where it transforms to compost
for the wonder of your own stories
honour your tears, joys and disappointments
only mourn for not showing up
for your deep beautiful life
where health and wholeness
celebrate each thread of life

Listen to the impulses of your fingers
the agitation in your feet
and spread wide your toes
to touch the ground and sky
the garment of your own yearning

This is yoga toes for writing
living, breathing into the unknown
Let your discomfort
be a sign that you are going
where you have not gone
an all inclusive to what is possible
with your unique narrative

Show compassion towards yourself
so fall free to the winter
of your own passage
and know you are called
to only be real to whom you are
This alone is enough.

Bodypsalm for Persistence

Posted in LINKS on February 14th, 2017 by Celeste
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“Last Stop” by Dobee Snowber

Here is a time
to make, do, and be
art in impossible times
Voice the invisible
in every way you can
paint, dance, sing, write, act
and most of all speak and play
all that is rising within you
the red bold beauty
of being deeply alive
in all our sorrow and joy

Now is the time
to be true to what lies beneath
the surfaces of things
Art and living artfully
are the catalyst
to shift, change, and transform
energy to matter
matter is our mater
mother of creativity

Be still and shout out
persist and resist
always create
Your presence
is called for.

Bodypsalm for compassion

Posted in BODYPSALMS, LINKS on November 15th, 2016 by Celeste

"Firefall" by Dobee Snowber“Firefall” by Dobee Snowber

And in all this ~
shadows and light still dapple
in the sky, the river
keeps going, effortlessly
faithful to its source
and destination

so how can you and I
keep on our path
stay true to our original question
the call to be deeply alive
responsive to what is given
on this exquisite planet
in such difficult times
fraught with destruction and disaster

so choose YES
to what we deeply know
embedded in our cells
there is a soft sky within us
glimmering with colour
may it rise to the surface
and echo com/passion
with passion, being with all
held in the sentences of our skin.

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Bodypsalm for Veriditas

Posted in BODYPSALMS on September 18th, 2016 by Celeste
in the UBC Botanical Garden, Vancouver

Acer Davidii Bark in the UBC Botanical Garden

A found poem from Hildegard of Bingen’s words in the 12th c.

Your light cannot be contained by space
You are a shadow of the Living Light
no depth, height, or breadth can hold you

You hold us, radiant one
I shutter in your midst


awakening and greening
all that lives
glittering, glistening, luminous
You stir everything into quickness
dying and rising in everyday life
Here is Fecundity

You are
a fiery life in the essence of God
the flame above the beauty in fields
You shine in the waters
burn in the sun, moon, stars

What a miracle
to be awake
inside your breathing.

May we be kissed
by you
in our innermost regions.

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Bodypsalm for Writers

Posted in LINKS on May 20th, 2016 by Celeste


You don’t need to travel thousands of miles
to access the wild place
within and without you
fierce and tender are always within you.

Open up the windows
of your hips and home
And let spiritus rush through the salt and sweat
river, mud, and winds of your body’s terrain.

Dance in the rain and tears of your heart
wander in the joy rushing through your veins
and know here is the wild landscape
of sighs and silences.

There are a thousand epiphanies
waiting at your feet
be curious in the midst of your own becoming
and draw near to the infinite.

Write out of the mundane
mud, magic and mystery.
Spread the ink of your skin
and wear gestures and words as accessories.

Know your muse is waiting for you
and been here all along
Here is the time of the great ripening.

Bodypsalm for Writing from the Body

Posted in BODYPSALMS, LINKS on November 25th, 2015 by Celeste
Image by Dobee Snowber

“You CAN have it all”  by Dobee Snowber

Call back your body to the page
the pulse, breath and passion
residing in your cells
sitting on your skin
waiting to come forth
from pores to words

Know each sensation
is syllables of the belly
even agitation is a comma
each heartbeat is the rhythm
yearning to articulate
through the muscles of your fingers

Let physicality take you
to the studio within
where stories are ancient and primal
and love them all into being
here lies the hymns of your body
pronouncing themselves
to respect each flutter and fragrance of your senses

This is more than common sense
but body sense
the paints for your canvas
notes for your song
movements for your dance
bold creation awaits
you are your body
and your body wants a voice.

Bodypsalm for Guidance

Posted in BODYPSALMS on November 11th, 2015 by Celeste

infinite embrace photo

Photo “Infinite Embrace” by Wendy Wagner

You are being held
in a wider embrace
one more ancient
than your own understanding

There is a knowledge
beneath knowing
a perception beneath perceiving
older than the stars
is primordial presence
undergirding your roots

You are being guided
more than you comprehend
more than your eyes can see
your heart can grasp

Trust in the essence of things
beneath the bare beauty
of light and dark
and know
the Great I Am
is with you.