Illumination Curated Poetry

action is louder than words

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“timeless window” by Kenneth Silvestri ©

“time” as a noun is defined as the indefinite continued progress of existence. E.g. time is a solace.

as a verb, when (something) should happen or be done. I e. solace with family is timed for tomorrow.

i am intrigued by how life can be improved by using less nouns

which always creates static labels,

whereas verbs live in the world of context

where we have room to question and grow,

take our word “ time”

its purpose is facts

a word void of a thing

little to do with relationship opportunities,

while verbs avoid maps and explore…

Illumination Curated: Alternative Healing

The Gift of Homeopathy

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photo by Kenneth Silvestri ©

“Homeopathy avoids anything that is even the slightest bit debilitating”

Dr. Samuel Hahnemann

As part of a decision to live a life with a strong respect for communication, collaboration and seeing things systemically, it makes sense to consider a health maintenance perspective such as Homeopathy. Homeopathy emanates from nature and is a wonderful example of holistic healing. It was founded by the German physician, Samuel Hahnemann, in the 19th century. Hahnemann was a renaissance man who spoke numerous languages and would stay up all night every other evening to acquire knowledge. Hahnemann’s system of healing has weathered nearly 200 years though it continues to be attacked by corporate pharmaceutical companies and those who cannot accept the efficacy of anything except allopathic medicine. …

Illumination Poem

Nature’s sense making

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Provincetown bay shoreline © Kenneth Silvestri

The inconsistency yet predictable bay shoreline on the outer cape was always an induction for me of an unfolding collage of memories and mixed thoughts of simultaneously vivid vignettes, a kind of holographic roulette wheel,

in synchrony with the moon’s on time tidal onsets that when it gracefully withdraws it leaves a rearrangement of assorted pieces of hidden possibilities, smooth stones, assorted sea weed configurations with an occasional reminder of what humans are capable of leaving behind. What swirling processing trance like pieces that would arise from the yin yang pendulum of this punctual movement depended on my immediate emotional context that would trigger some semblance of the other side of what was an interrupted sought after quest to blend with a some sort of interdependency that is always searching for a synchrony to avoid misinterpreting nature which can be seen as giving clues of our injurious misguided ways of trying to out- smart her gifts of guidance that are right there always in our subconscious that is continuously archiving everything we have ever seen or heard with our senses in and out of awareness, otherwise how can it edit and splice these always overlapping interfacing narratives, songs and feelings that are part of an opportunity to not dwell on past whatever’s but to have this inner peripheral lens to create the palate to reimage resolutions from the hints of learning from the past without condoning or minimizing, it’s a gift to a new beginning, a new possibility of sense making, to sooth and allow for differences making differences as part of that moment of turning inward and outward from the tide’s message to stimulate and say how are you today and tomorrow and so and so…

Essence of the Ying Yang

“One ought every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words” — Goethe

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“Talisman” Natasha Rabin ©

It is my feeling that paradoxes are the essence of the “yin-yang” of life. Our world can be wonderful, and it can be ugly. I recently watched a late-night documentary on wild animals. A scene of cute cubs juxtaposed with predators vanquishing the offspring was hard to watch. Yet somehow nature’s vision seemed awesome in its unifying entirety. …

Creating a life well-lived

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“The Grateful Pumpkin Maze” photo by Kenneth Silvestri ©

“It takes a long time to become young”

Pablo Picasso

“Next time you’re found with your chin on the ground, there is a lot to be learned, so look around.”

Frank Sinatra (From the song “High Hopes”)

There are many barriers that keep us out of sync with nature, which causes immense harm and, in most cases, can be prevented. For example, how do we address what the American Medical Association is now officially recognizing, that stress is the origin of nearly all chronic illnesses necessitating hospital admissions. …

“There must be Ghosts all the country over, as thick as the sand of the sea. And then we are, one and all, so pitifully afraid of the light.”

Henrik Ibsen

In the book Forgive For Good: A Proven Prescription For Health and Happiness (New York: Harper Collins, 2002), Stanford Professor Fred Luskin emphasizes a forgiveness methodology based on rigorous research which documents the effects of unresolved grievances on one’s emotional and physical health. After serving as Educational Director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Project, which emanated from Dr. Luskin’s book and research, I adapted this process using the framework of systemic change in my practice to facilitate those seeking peace and wellness. …


“But when the universe becomes yourself,
when you love the world as yourself,
all reality becomes your heaven,
reinventing you as your own heaven.”
— Lao Tzu

A dear friend of mine who teaches mindfulness recently confided in me that he attended a silent retreat and could not experience a meditative state. His self-doubt reached such a level that he thought of leaving and felt himself a failure in the art he so strongly loved. He requested a verbal moment with the retreat mentor who asked him what he was sensing. My friend described his fear, insecurity, and consequent constricted physical manifestations. His mentor listened, reminded him of his fallibility, and paraphrased what she heard in a comfortable volley of empathy. …


Kenneth Silvestri

Dr. Kenneth Silvestri, is a systemic psychotherapist, poet, and author of A Wider Lens: How to See Your Life Differently,

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