Rise and Fall

Let go of fear and rest in that which is. For peace, like love, comes to those who allow it. Let go of fear and rest in stillness. Watch the breath rise… and fall. Watch the tide rise… and fall. Watch towers rise… and fall. Watch walls rise… and fall. Watch statues rise… and fall. Watch empires rise… and fall. Watch the breath rise… and fall. Let go of...

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Security

Security

The search for static security – in the law and elsewhere – is misguided. The fact is security can only be achieved through constant change, adapting old ideas that have outlived their usefulness to current facts. William O....

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Your Life is a Masterpiece

“Everything has been figured out, except how to live,” sneered the existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre. That’s bombastic and untrue. I find it hard to believe he never encountered any of the countless humans whose lives have been exquisite creations. Did he refuse to read biographies? Was every person he knew inept at the art of being real? Was he so discouraged by his...

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The Sun in Drag

You are the Sun in drag You are God hiding from yourself. Remove all the “mine”- that is the veil Why ever worry about Anything? Listen to what our friend Hafiz Knows for certain: the appearance of this world Is a Magi’s brilliant trick, though its affairs are Nothing into nothing. You are a divine elephant with amnesia Trying to live in an ant Hole. Sweetheart, O...

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Sleeping Beauty

I look forward to the moment beauty is my own conceived easily like yellow dipped trees, a lazy dog the afternoon pillow of a lover’s chest when beauty is memorized and not a plea taken at the face value of Hollywood What is beauty anyway, but a shoulder to count on when others can’t see me in visual context it is perfect complexity, me entirely rather than in pieces of cheekbone, lip,...

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A Thomas Merton Primer

“Finally I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already am. That I will never fulfill my obligation to surpass myself unless I first accept myself. and if I accept myself fully, in the right way, I will have already have surpassed myself.”   “The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to...

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Dreams

Trying to recall the plot And characters we dreamed, What life was like Before the morning came, We are seldom satisfied, And even then There is no way of knowing If what we know is true. Something nameless Hums us into sleep, Withdraws, and leaves us in A place that seems Always vaguely familiar. Perhaps it is because We take the props And fixtures of our days With us into the dark, Assuring...

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Expect epiphanies…

  “Enter each day with the expectation that the happenings of the day maycontain a clandestine message addressed to you personally. Expect omens, epiphanies, casual blessings, and teachers who unknowingly speak to your condition.” – Sam...

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Where do we start?…

“Remember, we are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not. Our actions and states of mind matter, because we are so deeply interconnected with one another. Working on our own consciousness is the most important thing that we are doing at any moment, and being love is a supreme creative act.” – Ram...

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The H-Word

No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.   —   Nelson Mandela I have been thinking about the H-word for a long time now. This strong emotion seems to have become part...

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