Tag: mindfulness


Placebo Magick Podcast E01: Introduction to Placebo Magick

Memory Charms

In this first episode of the Placebo Magick Podcast, I introduce the concept of placebo magick and share a bit about my own evolving practice. The Spell of the Week is a charm to help you cherish and remember a special time with a loved one.

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Loving Enemies

Wolfenstein 3D, player aiming gun at Nazis
Thich Nhat Hanh may be wrong
on one point—there is a use
for everything, a way to transmute anything
in your mind
using the Philosopher's Stone
of mindfulness, even violent

video games.
To practice this, look down and see
an assault rifle in your hand, look up and see …
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The Soul of Poetry

Please,
take me back
into the soul of poetry.
This is my prayer.

Geese fly overhead.
I hear,
I open the window to hear.
I open the door to see
countless, three long diagonal processions
one after the other.

Cold moves across my fingers.
The sun is low and red …
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Realization as I wash my feet

If I ended up
spending
the rest of my life
like this—
making more space
for you

in my heart,
in the moments
spent
with my breakfast,
with the dishes,
with the music,
with my feet,

—and I died
and you never did come back,

that would be
a full …
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The Wordless Place

On good mornings, I wake
and start with faithful work
to build the wordless place:
two mugs of coffee, two slabs of butter,
cushioned space where a body
can recognize itself.

I do not think
therefore I am not
a hero or a failure
or a laborer
or a mind …
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