The Guru

Her lineage is impeccable But from whence has she come?.. She comes when you don’t want her When you think you’re not ready Yet, When you most need her. She tolerates no lack of attention She tolerates no lack of love She sticks pins in your tender spots To see if “You’re done yet” She never forgives Yet She never condemns See her Flowing robes Outstretched arms Piercing eyes Pinioned...

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Loneliness and Solitude

Loneliness is like sitting in an empty room and being aware of the space around you.  It is a condition of separateness.  Solitude is becoming one with the space around you. It is a condition of union.  Loneliness is small, solitude is large.  Loneliness closes in around you; solitude expands toward the infinite. Loneliness has its roots in words, in an internal conversation that nobody...

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Appreciation and Blessing

Appreciation and blessing are one and the same.  We may sometimes say, “Let’s bless the food now,” or “Bless you,” or “May this house be blessed.” Actually we have no power to make anything more Holy than it already is.  Everything is already completely blessed, and all the prayers in the world could not make it more blessed.   We certainly could not...

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I Imagine Now for Ages

It Happened Again last Night: Love Popped the cork on itself- Splattered my brains Across the Sky. I imagine now for ages something of Hafiz Will Appear To Fall like Stars.                               ...

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On a Summer Morning

On a summer morning I sat down on a hillside to think about God – A worthy pastime. Near me, I saw a single cricket; it was moving the grains of the hillside this way and that way. How great was its energy, how humble its effort. Let us hope it will always be like this, each of us going on in our inexplicable ways building the universe. Mary...

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Just For Now

Just for now, without asking how, let yourself sink into stillness. Just for now, lay down the weight you so patiently bear upon your shoulders. Feel the earth receive you, and the infinite expanse of sky grow even wider as your awareness reaches up to meet it. Just for now, allow a wave of breath to enliven your experience. Breathe out whatever blocks you from the truth. Just for now,...

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Your Emptiness

But whoever sees your emptiness sees beyond blue and beyond the blind man. A great soul hides like Mohammed, or Jesus, moving through a crowd in a city where no one knows him. To praise is to praise how one surrenders to the emptiness. To praise the sun is to praise your own eyes. Praise, the ocean. What we say, a little ship. So the sea-journey goes on, and who knows where! Just to be held by...

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Creativity

Creativity is not efficient. She has a different relationship to time than most of us. A minute can last a day and a day can last an hour. She loves all the seasons. She is on intimate terms with the sun and the moon. It is New Year’s all year long at her house, what with celebrations for the Celtic, Hebrew, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, and other New Years too numerous to mention. Creativity...

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Pray for Peace

Pray to whoever you kneel down to: Jesus nailed to his wooden or marble or plastic cross, his suffering face bent to kiss you, Buddha still under the Bo tree in scorching heat, Yahweh, Allah, raise your arms to Mary that she may lay her palm on our brows, to Shekinhah, Queen of Heaven and Earth, to Inanna in her stripped descent. Hawk or Wolf, or the Great Whale, Record Keeper of time before,...

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Are you seeing me!

Are you seeing me!

What do you see nurses What do you see? What are you thinking when you are looking at me A crabbit old woman not very wise, Uncertain of habit with far away eyes, Who dribbles her food and makes no reply When you say in a loud voice “I do wish you would try.” Who seems not to notice the things that you do, And forever is losing A stocking or shoe, Who unresisting or not lets you do as...

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