Let’s Swing

Between the conscious and the unconscious, the mind has put up a swing: all earth creatures, even the supernovas , sway between these two trees, and it never winds down angels, animals,humans, insects, by the million also the wheeling sun and moon: ages go by and it goes on. Everything is swinging: heaven, earth,water,fire, and the secret one slowly growing a body. Kabir saw that for fifteen...

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How not to meditate

“Lama Surya Das, the “Buddha from Brooklyn,” is one of the handful of Westerners who have been teaching meditation for decades. And yet, he says we’re doing it wrong. Lama Surya Das says there are other ways to meditate besides those that are currently popular: “So many people seem to be moving narcissistically into self-centered happiness-seeking and quietism, not to...

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The Simple chat

A burning coal against the flesh-who has not felt this, from news that reached you, or the shock to your nerves from bearing eyewitness to horrific events? The avalanches come, we should help dig each other out. The simple chat will return. May it last long, and be realized as...

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The Guest House

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the...

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Deepening The Wonder

Death is a favor to us, But our scales have lost their balance. The impermanence of the body Should give us great clarity, Deepening the wonder in our senses and eyes Of this mysterious existence we share And are surely just traveling through. If I were in the Tavern tonight, Hafiz would call for drinks And as the Master poured, I would be reminded That all I know of life and myself is...

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The Point Is…

The point here is to take life in all its rich variety just as it is, with its ten thousand opposites, and to go along with whatever circumstances require, embracing things after their own inclination or according to chance, letting things be rather than getting in their way, and thus allowing each and every thing, each and every appearance, to pursue a meaning and purpose distinct from my...

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Learning Deeply…

Teacher: We want you to learn these teachings so deeply that they lie upon your heart Student:  Why don’t you just put them in our hearts? Teacher: That’s not our job. we just place them on the surface. Then when your heart breaks, they fall in. —Buddhist story –  source...

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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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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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Into the Dark Alone?…

We sense there is some sort of spirit that loves birds and the animals and the ants- Perhaps the same one who gave a radiance to you in you mother’s womb. Is it logical you would be walking around entirely orphaned now?? The truth is you turned away yourself, And decided to go into the dark...

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