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A look at this Body…..

A look at this Body…..

Kent Bond 28 by Kent Bond “My Zen teaching has deepened to encourage people to really plunge into the world, into life. I want them to enter life, to embody their practice, tend it with their hearts. To attend to life, to this body, is to love it and bless it. Particularly we need to find a way to bless our wounds and the darkness we find ourselves in. It takes patience to bless our...

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Don’t go back to sleep…

Don’t go back to sleep…

“The Breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want. Don’t go back to sleep. People are going back and forth across the door sill Where the two worlds touch. The door is round and open Don’t go back to sleep.” ––Rumi And as another translation has it……. The Wind at dawn is the...

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Jedi ego…

Jedi ego…

“….At one point I read a news story about a general census in Great Britain which four hundred thousand people identified their religion as “Jedi”, or among the light saber wielding characters in Star Wars.  Okay I thought, that’s an ironic statement for some, but there must be plenty among those hundred of thousands who all to seriously think of themselves as enlightened crusaders...

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Imagining World

Imagining World

In my dream the angel shrugged and said,  If we fail this time, it will be a failure of imagination. & then she placed the world gently in the palm of my hand — Brian Andreas — Still Mostly...

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Questions – Round 1

Questions – Round 1

Photo by Lefty Kasdaglis on Unsplash Our weekly offering ‘Living the Question’ has for almost a decade now collected  verse, poetry, prose, lyrics, video and audio  from varied sources. These offerings could be categorized or defined into items like, “answers” “inspirations”,”observations” or “ah-ha’s”. Perhaps it’s time to...

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The Level of Words

The Level of Words

God has said, “The images that come with human language do not correspond to me, but those who love words must use them to come near” Just remember, it’s like saying of the king, “He is not a weaver” Is that praise? Whatever such a statement is, words are on that level of...

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Here I am Again

Here I am Again

Here I am again, Lord, offering you the fruit of all my actions.   I do this knowing you are the tree on which the fruit grows sweet and ripe..  You are the soil,roots, and limbs, rainfall, sunlight, soft night wind.  I’ve come to realize that my only gift is the nectar of your love, distilled, expressed, and offered back through all my acts, and simply through my being. What I give you...

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Crimes that don’t break any laws…

Crimes that don’t break any laws…

We’re psychically assaulted by dangerous images and sickening words every day. The media relentlessly blast us with their trendy doom and gloom fixation, generating an endless onslaught of messages about how bad life is and what a mess the future will bring. The entertainment industry force-feeds us insipidly paranoid scenarios that keep our fear reflexes chronically throbbing. Is this...

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Paradox

Paradox

Paradoxes:  best wakefulness in sleep, wealth in having nothing, a pearl necklace fastened around an iron collar.  Fire contained in boiling water. Revenues growing from funds flowing out.  Giving is gainful employment.  It brings in money.  Taking time for ritual prayer and meditation saves time.  Sweet fruit hide in leaves.  Dung becomes food for the ground and generative power in...

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Emanation

Emanation

“We have to give up our power, our identity and every attachment we have to the outcome of the story. The story can then use us to find its own perfect ending. One day we’ll return to the source. It won’t happen because of anything we do but because our particular story has found its way home. All we can do is follow the Emanation. We think we’re traveling into the future, but we’re...

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