The Poetry of Putting it All on the Table.

Via on Jul 17, 2013


I have a no concealed weaponry policy.

You know the things that you hide so that I will like you, approve of you or think you are spiritual—let’s just put them on the table.

I will show you mine if you will show me yours…

I am triggered by inauthenticity, entitlement and lack of integrity.

I am annoyed when people whine.

I am sometimes impatient with my friends and even my students when they sell themselves short.

I fiercely believe all is possible in this life.

I see the light in people often before they do.

I have learned to let people have their journey though it is not always easy.

I want to whack racists, bigots and chauvinists over the head; I roll my eyes at the “new agers” who talk about balancing their second chakra and then gossip about the pretty girl in the red dress.

I expect kindness but not perfection.

I don’t think fuck is a bad word.

I think pretending to be happy when you aren’t is a fucking bad thing.

I cry at phone commercials and stories about kindness especially toward animals.

I am passionate about love, words and wildness.

I am fiercely loyal and therefore, at times demanding that you be true to yourself and to me.

I see beauty everywhere though it took me nearly 39 years to see it in myself.

I believe in God, good wine and slow, hard kissing.

I have not ever had my heart broken, but three different men threatened suicide when I left them.

I loved my husband even when he was someone else’s husband and I am not ashamed of this.

I believe love is redemptive and at times very challenging.

I know that sexuality is a way to experience God and I am not ashamed of that, either.

I don’t think spirituality is about being nice or polite but about being real. When you actually have something you really need to say I want you to feel safe in expressing it to me but I do expect you to say it in a way my heart can hear you.

I forgive easily.

I have unraveled rage, hurt and defensiveness like prayer flags flapping in the wind but my prayers are different now.

I am a good friend.

I am a happy person.

I can love all of you.

There is nothing to hide.

Put your guns on the table and I will pour you a glass of wine.




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Ed: Bryonie Wise

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About Shasta Townsend

Best-selling author, award winning teacher and down-to-earth Canadian girl, Shasta Townsend helps women and men reconnect to their wholeness, release blocks to their happiness and reclaim magic so they can live a wonderful life, no matter what! Shasta is passionate about the how-to of creating good relationship—the relationship to our Self, to each other and to the Earth. She is a feisty champion of “unbroken wholeness”—that is the current of love, goodness and creativity that supports us always, and is adept at integrating various disciplines so we may tap into this current with power and ease. Shasta is your feisty champion as she helps to strip away the old stories and reveal your authentic radiance as you unabashedly create the next big, beautiful chapter of your life. Shasta shares her passion for living well as a Featured Columnist at Elephant Journal, The Good Men Project, Rebelle Society and Vivid Life. Shasta leads retreats, workshops and talks around the world. She lives in Canada with her husband, cat and creative impulse. Her debut book, Happy, Sexy, Shameless – What Our Mother’s Didn’t Know About the Birds and the Bees is an international best seller and is available through and all amazon platforms world-wide. Connect with Shasta on Facebook or on Twitter @shastaherself.


One Response to “The Poetry of Putting it All on the Table.”

  1. Renee Jahnke Renee says:

    Fantastic and I totally related to almost every single line!! Thank you.

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