T i n a K a r a g u l i a n
Carefully selected from the pages of the memoir It Is Time, this book
of poetry and prayers is an offering to awaken the divine spark within
each of us, to move through pain, suffering, and trauma with a clear
and open heart. It is a book reminding us that with creativity, divine
grace, and peaceful hearts, we can reconcile and transcend each
moment of our lives.
Diana Der-Hovanessian, poet and author of Dancing At The
Monastery offers this endorsement:
"We read for many reasons—entertainment, inspiration,
relaxation, and even learning new ways of seeing. And here in the
beautiful meditations of TINA KARAGULIAN we find ways to reconcile
with the past, to forgive lost opportunities, and learn to deal with off-
kilter attitudes toward that half of the population that is female.
Tina’s poems are prayers."
Below is the poem from which the book was named:
At times we wear the skins of
caretaker, tender listener, and
supporter of others’ dreams and visions—
so that they may thrive on their intended roads.
At times we walk alongside
the death and suffering of others,
so that they may not feel alone,
so that love’s true essence may revive and resurrect.
Yet when we courageously enter the darkness
of our deepest fears and unanswered dreams—
then the true alchemy begins:
With new eyes we see the needs and wants
that clamor for our attention,
and begin to let go
of unnecessary obligations.
We learn to quiet all the voices that tempt
and taunt us from inner peace,
releasing the hold they have
within our bodies and minds.
We walk steadfastly into our center,
allowing for the One True Voice
to emerge and guide,
daily surrendering to Her wisdom.
We listen inside voiceless places of our heart,
until the silence spurs us into action
that feeds our deepest reserves.
We feel the vulnerability of new skin,
yet allow its sleekness to breathe us.
For our every weakness
we receive increasing compassion
that naturally ripples out
and envelopes others.
Each time we focus our attention
on our soul’s vision,
the warrior within stands tall,
protecting a newly emerging creativity
that is initially unrecognizable,
yet strongly resolute.
Once we claim the wild voice of our soul,
there’s no turning back.