when you reached to touch

your own mother's face for the very first time

and she smiled her light down into you. 

 

Now reach those same fingers

for the face of infinity —

 

so that, opening your eyes

 

 

you will know

the one dreaming you

 

is pleased with you, 

 

 

that everything seen

is your self,

 

and that now is the time

 

 

to rise wholehearted into the work

aching to be animated

 

by precisely you.

 

 

poet. performance artist. zen monk. mama.

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Brooke McNamara

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Move your body. Awaken your mind. Find the heart of stillness. Bask in the light of luminous poetry. If you are ready to slow into a rhythm that brings you back to breath, tides, and your own sweet truth —  join me.

Explore classes, online learning, meditation practice, coaching,and the writings of Brooke McNamara.

 

Inspire your everyday.

Awaken your potent, buzzing aliveness. Anchor your mysteries into the movement of your everyday.

 

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Discover deep meaning, interconnection, and your natural flow of creativity through embodied, wholehearted learning.

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Return to intimacy and presence with yourself and your life. Source your own direct wellspring of true wisdom and care.

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Let living language bring you deeply and playfully into coherence.

Feed and inspire your soul.

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Write to the Heart of Motherhood  //  connecting to our true voice in the middle of our messy lives
A space for mamas to unleash and harness your holiest and messiest feelings, exercise and nourish your voice, and bond deeply with other amazing women on the ride of motherhood.

6 weeks Online  - 
September 16- October 25

 

poet, performer, zen mama, monk

I have practiced meditation intensively in the Zen tradition for the past eight years, and been empowered by my teacher to instruct others in the art and practice of Zen meditation. I’m also a poet and published my first book, “Feed Your Vow,” in 2015. I live with my huge hearted husband and two adorable, wild sons in Boulder, CO.

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Cultivate Retreat is an embodied, interdisciplinary creative practice RETREAT

Led by Lauren Beale and Brooke McNamara at the gorgeous, rustic Cocoon Portugal Retreat Center, we'll enjoy daily farm to table meals, CULTIVATE creative practice sessions, meditation, yoga, plenty of rest and play, and gorgeous farm and coast land to explore as a mirror and catalyst to your creative explorations.
March 14-21, 2020!

Testimonial

“These are gloriously urgent wake-up poems. McNamara is a modern Zorba. She urges us to stop, to rest, to listen to the life pouring through and over us, to steep ourselves in the mystery that we are, ‘the rapture of being just this.’”

 

 

Roger Housden

Bestselling author of the Ten Poems series

“Brooke’s poems act to awaken Supreme Identity—the unity of You and Divine Sprit itself—releasing the everlasting core of your very Being and endless Becoming. This is what Brooke does for us, for which we can all be truly, deeply grateful.”   

 

 

Ken Wilber

Integral Meditation

“Tender, erotic and wise, this book is a trustworthy companion in the journey of becoming human."

 

Diane Musho Hamilton

Author of The Zen of You & Me

“Brooke McNamara’s words fall like raindrops filled with light--fresh, gentle, nourishing, and utterly authentic.  Always, they invite us to wake us up to the infinite beauty of BEING here and now, completely human and completely divine.”

 

 

Dorothy Hunt

Spiritual director of Moon Mountain Sangha, author of Only This!, Leaves from Moon Mountain, and Ending the Search: From Spiritual Ambition to the Heart of Awareness

"McNamara tricks marks on paper onto their feet so as to bring us to ours."

 

 

Charles O. Hartman

Poet in Residence, Connecticut College
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Excerpt

Stop. Stop working. Stop trying to stop working.
Stop trying. Stop being lazy. Stop searching for meaning.
Stop landing anywhere. Stop acting confused. Stop.

Stop locking up your mysteries. Let me in. Stop rearranging the surface features of your life. Stop thinking deep is deep. Stop thinking blood is red. Stop hoarding the blood-red wisdom unborn in you.

There’s got to be a better way. Do you love me? Stop loving me. Stop unloving me. Stop tearing me apart.
Stop with me. Let’s stop together. Six seconds.

Ready. Set. Stop.

Now let’s stop together forever,
and let the stopping go.

books & Articles

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FeedYourVowWords

“Tender, erotic and wise, this book is a trustworthy companion in the journey of becoming human.”

Diane Musho Hamilton, Author of Everything is Workable

 

“Only a few lines in, walls are coming down, ears are perking up.”

Stuart Davis, Artist

 

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Poems for Falling into Fullness

Poems from the body of a dancer, mind of a zen monk, and heart of a mother. Open to timeless beauty through encounters with our everyday world, seen with fiercely loving eyes and a powerful, compassionate voice.

Interruption

I love to wake early and sip strong coffee  and sit like a queen in the dark and ask ...
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Reunion

When I had finally had enough  of my own endless,  uncreative complaints,  I made my promise to do ...
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Video: An Embodied Approach to writing

From "The Embodiment Conference", an online celebration of reconnection with the body. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hBHTAPRTBU
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