Just for Now

Just for now, without asking how, let yourself sink into stillness. Just for now, lay down the weight you so patiently bear upon your shoulders. Feel the earth receive you, and the infinite expanse of sky grow even wider as your awareness reaches up to meet it. Just for now, allow a wave of breath to enliven your experience.  Breathe out whatever blocks you from the truth. Just for now, be...

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Wisdom

In the dream we were surrounded by the sound of the ocean, and the sunrise glittered on the waves like copper fire, and you turned to me and said, if you listened carefully you will hear the wisdom. I said all I could hear was the sound of the waves, and you smiled and said, Exactly. — Gabriel...

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Everyday Sacred

“Yes we suffer the results of trying to live in a vibratory range that is difficult for us and yes we somehow remember a “better way” to live…. …it becomes clearer that our main mission here is simply to live, to breathe the air and to let the love within us flow.  Just the simple living of an everyday life is sacramental when the person is living with that...

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Consistency, Contentment, Cooperation

Consistency – How we admire a man who is consistent, who sticks to his conclusion, to his ideal!  Such a man we consider a saint.  But the insane are also consistent: they also stick to their conclusions. The desire to be consistent gives a peculiar strength and satisfaction, for in sincerity there is [the illusion of] security. Contentment – Contentment is never the outcome of...

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Bird Wings

Your grief for what you’ve lost lifts a mirror up to where you’ve been bravely working. Expecting the worst, you look, and instead, here’s the joyful face you’ve been wanting to see. Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes and opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small...

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The Way of Transformation

Do you seek me, yet expect to stay unchanged?  Do you look for transformation and pray each day for the seas to remain calm? That is not the way.  If you stir up cosmic energies, if you wake the sleeping snake, you will pay for your audacity. There will be times of bliss and quiet, but there will also be earthquakes, tornadoes tidal waves that render the old trail guides useless, even in the...

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Shadow Dancing

You’re a gorgeous mystery with a wild heart and a lofty purpose. But like  all of us, you also have a dark side — a part of your psyche that snarls and bites, that’s unconscious and irrational, that is motivated by ill will or twisted passions or instinctual fears. It’s your own personal portion of the world’s sickness: a mess of repressed longings, enervating...

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Fear Cracked Open

“You don’t know ahead of time how cracking a pot can affect your life,” Now, in the middle of the Raku class, he asked,  “Is anyone interested in cracking pots?” I looked in my studio; it was hard to choose a good pot, knowing it would be broken. Kevin placed a small, thin, very used white towel on the cement floor… I was to hold my bowl firmly in two hands...

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Talking and Silence

You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts; And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart you live in your lips, and sound is a diversion and a pastime. And in much of your talking, thinking is half murdered. For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly. There are those among you who seek the talkative through...

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Poets and poetry

Over the years I’ve had the extreme honor to populate this blog with many poems from many ages, many venues and divergent perspectives.  This following line from Jon Kabat- Zin’s Book, Coming to our Senses succinctly describes these “windows” from Source…. “I find it is both useful and illuminating to draw upon the work of those special people on our planet...

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