Friday, July 25, 2014

Divine Liquidity

Giving of itself,
Grand Unity pours out
the essence of itself
into these skins --
some black, some white,
some male, some female,
each with its own power,
each with its common essence.

Listen closely,
and you will recognize
the waves of shared
divine liquidity --
that pure indwelling presence --
sloshing gently,
just below the surface.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Of thine own have we given thee

These lilies -- cut from their stalks and arranged just so;
their colors so distinct in this quiet space --
I placed them at your feet
long before you placed them here at mine.
Let the scent of that understanding
pervade your soul.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Welcome Change

After a summer full of sunshine,
a gray day with a gray sea
is every bit as welcome
as a sunny day in a month of clouds.

The Creativity Connection

"In a way, I see [making music] as a spiritual thing, where people are all connected in a certain way—music being a way to connect people. There are a lot of other ways, too, but music is one way. 

You can connect people who know how to make music (musicians) with people who don’t (audiences), and they can both deal with it if the music has a quality that communicates. That’s the challenge for the composer, performer, improvisor: to create music that does that, that connects."  

Miles Okazaki in Jazz Speaks.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Frustration and desire

It seems to me that every truly remarkable advancement, every truly creative act, is born, not just of desire, but of the combination of desire and frustration.  The child learns to vocalize because he's hungry, or wet, and that situation is not automatically resolving itself.  She stands and begins to walk because she wants to get somewhere and crawling isn't fast enough.

The inventor creates something new because she's dealing with a problem which can't be solved by familiar means.  The artist's strokes of genius arise because something within him desires to be seen, or known, or heard and habitual patterns can't seem to express that effectively.

So it is, in fact, the intensification of the conflict between frustration and desire, and the anguish that tension triggers, that somehow ignites the creative spark that impels us into something new. 

Welcome, then, those situations and limitations which look like insurmountable blocks: they may be just what your heart needs to bring some new wonderment into the world...

Monday, July 21, 2014

It's afternoon

"Speak quietly
and say nothing that is not true.
It's afternoon.  We need to be quiet
for a while.  Speaking would be
such an orchard to walk in,
if we could do it
without alphabet and sounds,
these stories and images and conversations
through which we try to show
the inner life..."

-- Rumi

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Take your time

Don't berate yourself
for being a little slow
to figure things out.
Life's a complex path:
don't be afraid
to take your time.
You might even consider
crawling back into your shell --
just for a bit --
when things get