welcoming living room


The mind is not a storeroom
with mirrors where we retreat
to convince ourselves
that we exist.

The mind is a livingroom with
windows and more than one chair,
so friends can come and look out
and discuss what they see.

Not a fortress where we frisk and
strip others of what they believe
in order to share our secrets.

More a porch with birdfeeders
and coffee or tea where before
hello, you have to share a story.

Pull the curtains! Open the
windows! Brew the coffee!
Put out a sign: Other Views

~ Mark Nepo


I love this analogy.

Let our minds be places for sharing and enjoying with each other.

Let us explore together and welcome each other into our  homes.

Put your sign out and see who appears 💛


* Nepo, Mark. The Way Under the Way: The Place of True Meeting (Kindle Locations 996-1006). Sounds True. Kindle Edition.

About Val Boyko

Val Boyko is originally from Scotland and came to the United States over 25 years ago. At "Find Your Middle Ground" Val brings together her experience as a life coach, yoga teacher and mentor, to inspire awakening to the light and inspiration within us all. This blog is a place of exploration and discovery as we all explore finding harmony and peace, in the highs and lows of life 💛

34 comments on “Mind is Like …

  1. i have Mark’s book Reduced to Joy …wonderful and thoughtful as always Val ~ sending you joy 😀 hedy

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  2. I loved this, Val! Thanks so much for sharing. ❤

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  3. Beautiful, Val…curtains are open💗

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  4. Val
    This is so good, so so good.
    Thank You for sharing.

    Big Hugs


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  5. I love this – thanks for posting it, Val!

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  6. like the analogy of the mind being like a cozy and inviting living room.

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  7. This is such a beautiful analogy – I love it! Coming from me (an introvert) that’s saying something! Thank you Val for sharing – I’m always uplifted when I read your posts.:)

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  8. Grab a chair and we’ll sit on the deck and keep an eye on the birds! 😀

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  9. A wonderful share Val, and may we all pull the curtains open, and let the Light flow in.. 🙂 xx ❤

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  10. A great analogy, Val! I love reading your blog, because you so often give me something to think about….in a good way!

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  11. This is awesome, Val! DH has aphasia and memory issues and won’t tell anyone or discuss, even though it’s beginning to become obvious. His secret demands it be my secret too. I still open the windows and doors with safe friends. It’s hard to hold a scary secret, and probably dangerous as well. ❤️🙏🌞

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  12. A beautiful reminder to be open to receive what we need! Thanks Val 🌈💚💕

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  13. Oh, how I love the poem and the analogy! The sign is going out tonight 🙂 ❤


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