The Lanyard

The other day I was ricocheting slowly off the blue walls of this room, moving as if underwater from typewriter to piano, from bookshelf to an envelope lying on the floor, when I found myself in the L section of the dictionary where my eyes fell upon the word lanyard. No cookie nibbled by a French novelist could send one into the past more suddenly— a past where I sat at a workbench at a...

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Now is the Time

Now is the time to know That all that you do is sacred Now, why not consider A lasting truce with yourself and God. Now is the time to understand That  all your ideas of right and wrong Were just a child’s training wheels To be laid aside When you can finally live With veracity And love. Hafiz is a divine envoy Whom the Beloved Has written a holy message upon My dear, please tell me, Why...

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Loving Kindness and Compassion

When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it is bottomless, that it doesn’t have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as so much space. Your world seems less solid, more roomy and spacious. The burden lightens. In the beginning it feels like...

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Who are we?

At times like this I rely on my own realization that none of us really knows who we are, that this is the nature of our being, that if we have a true self at all, it somehow lies in the heart of the unknowing-ness that opens up when we inquire deeply into our experience, and that if we can hang out on the edge of this unknown, we may discover how to let ourselves be, without having to be...

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The Paradox of Our Age

We spend more but have less; We buy more but enjoy it less. We have bigger houses but smaller families; More conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less common sense; More knowledge but less judgment; More experts, but more problems; More medicines but less wellness. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble in crossing the street to meet our new neighbor. We...

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Will I ever learn it all?

Tell me what you will my blue winged friend Did you hear me from where you drifted on the wind? This autumn wind on a summer day Sure can turn a blue sky grey Oh it’s a lonely day and cold There are secrets you’ve not told And there are parts of me that I have never known And I wonder if you see through the walls inside of me? Feathered friend I wish that you could say Why you sit on...

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Walking About…

Forever Oneness, Who sings to us in silence, Who teaches us through each other, Guide my steps with strength and wisdom. May I see the lessons as I walk, Honor the purpose of all things. Help me touch with respect, Always speak from behind my eyes. Let me observe, not judge. May I cause no harm, and leave Music and beauty after my visit. When I return to Forever, May the circle be closed and The...

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All Paths, No paths

Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi, or Zen. Not any religion or cultural system. I am not from the east or the west, not out of the ocean or up from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not composed of elements at all. I do not exist, am not an entity in this world or the next, did not descend from Adam and Eve or any origin story. My place is the placeless, a trace of the...

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Not Meditating

All attempts to meditate are the abject denial of it… J. Krisnamurti Sometimes when I sit on the ground for no reason, bills paid deadlines met, stomach neither full nor empty my quiet spreads and fills me with sky from brain to big bang I am the blueprint a marriage of flesh and sapphire discovering the open eye Sometimes, I become the laughter of sunflowers or tickling bees I grow louder...

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True Feminisim

True feminism doesn’t hold that the world would be better off if women ran things; shifting control from one gender to the other would change very little as long as the current valuing system remains in place.True feminism holds that all of humanity needs to change its valuing system to one which rewards feminine work as much as masculine, instead of only rewarding women when...

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