Wednesday, August 28, 2013

"I Have a Dream"

for all people to care

for what is possible

for what is so

for wisdom

for clarity

for kindness

for love.

28 August, 2013 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

"The Journey"

One day 
you finally knew
what you had to do, and began
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice-
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
"Mend my life!"
each voice cried.
But you didn't stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen branches and stones.
But little by little
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of the clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognised as your own,
that kept you company
as you stode deeper and deeper
into the world,

determined to do

the only thing I could do-

determined to save

the only Life I could save.

~Mary Oliver

26 August, 2013

Monday, August 26, 2013

"Soul Return" night
there is a heartbeat at the door,
Outside, a woman in the fog,
with hair of twigs and a dress of weed,
dripping green lake water,
She says,"I am you,
and I have traveled a long distance.
Come with me, there is something I must show you..."
She turns to go, her cloak falls open,
Suddenly, Golden  Light...everywhere,
Golden Light..."

24 August, 2013

Friday, August 23, 2013

"Pure and Simple"

Pure and Simple
is Rarely Pure
~Oscar Wilde 
23 August, 2013

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

"Fully Alive"

Fully Human person 
is in deep and meaningful contact
with the world outside of him.
He not only listens to himself,
but to the voices of his world.
The breadth of his own individual experience
is infinitely multiplied through a
sensitive empathy with others.
He suffers with the suffering,
 rejoices with the joyful
He is born again
in every Springtime,
feels the impact of the great Mysteries
of Life:
Birth, Growth, Love, Suffering,
His Heart skips along 
with the "young lovers,"
and he knows something of the exhilaration
that is in them.
He also knows the ghetto's philosophy
of despair,
the Loneliness of Suffering 
without relief,
and the Bell Never Tolls
without tolling 
in some strange way
for him.

20 August, 2013

Thursday, August 15, 2013

"Mending the Mind"


              Two monks were walking by a river at daybreak in the early Spring.  Swollen with melted snow, the river coursed above its banks, immersing the local footbridge, the only crossing for miles in either direction, under two feet of water.  A young woman in a silk dress stood by the riverbank, terrified by the rushing water.  Seeing the monks she flashed them a look of pleading.  Without a word, the first monk scooped her up into his arms, held her aloft as he struggled across the submerged bridge, and set her down on the far bank.  The two monks then continued walking in silence until sunset, when the vows of their order allowed them to speak.
              "How could you have picked up that woman?" sputtered the second monk, his eyes blazing with anger.  "You know very well that we are prohibited from even thinking about women, let alone touching them.  You sullied your honour. You are a disgrace to the whole order."  He shook his fist at his companion.
              "Venerable brother," said the first monk, "I put the woman down on the other side of the river at sunrise.  It is you who have been carrying her around all day."

~Zen Teaching  
15 August, 2013


Saturday, August 3, 2013



"A Thin Line"

~True Quiet

means keeping still 

when the time has come to Keep Still,
and Going Forward

when the time has come to go forward.
In this Way,
Rest and Movement
are in Agreement with the demands of Time,

and then there is
Light in Life.

~I Ching:
The Book of Changes;
translated by Cary F. Baynes 

~The Razor's Edge,
The Bull's Eye,
A Thin Line,
A Small Dot.

2 August, 2013