Saturday, March 28, 2015

What do you love?


What do you love?
Give it your full attention:
Watch it bloom, and revel in its radiance.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Fortifications


Talk to me: What is it 
that you're guarding and protecting?
Who is it that you've chosen 
to lock in or be shut out?


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Time, like a wave


Time glides in in waves, and blesses us
with the sights and sounds, 
work, people, and possessions that we love,
and then subsides, and we must watch
as all that ebbs away. Just know, and trust,
that time -- just like the waves -- 
will once again return
and lavish us again with life and love.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

How will you greet the dawn today?


How will you greet the dawn today?
With blessings and with gratitude?
With muttered imprecations 
about all you need to accomplish?
Or will you just lie quietly and let the light soak in?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Every prison has its chapel

Trapped in the prison
of your own dark thoughts?
Know this:
that every prison has its chapel.
Travel through the corridors
of your own dark stillness;
seek out that tiny room,
and find the spark within
that never dies.
Breathe steadily on that spark
until it flares;
now light a torch and carry it
back out into your life.*

*inspired by Tolbert McCarroll's
Notes from the Song of Life

Monday, March 23, 2015

I am that cat

I am that cat, this stone,
no one at all.
I have thrown duality away
like an old dishrag.
I see and know
all times and world as one --
one, one, always one.
So what do I need to do
to get you to discover
who is speaking?
Admit it --
and change everything:
this is your own true voice
echoing off the walls of God.

-- Rumi

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The perils of abundance


We come to you in emptiness, and you shower us with gifts
until they pile so high we can no longer see your face.
Raise our sights, we pray, above this gathering abundance
so we may once again feel close to you.