Bird Wings

Bird Wings

Your grief for what you’ve lost lifts a mirror up to where you’ve been bravely working. Expecting the worst, you look, and instead, here’s the joyful face you’ve been wanting to see. Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes and opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small...

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Nature and Disaster Truths

Nature and Disaster Truths

During bad circumstances, which is the human inheritance, you must decide not to be reduced. You have your humanity, and you must not allow anything to reduce that. We are obliged to know we are global citizens. Disasters remind us we are world citizens, whether we like it or not. —-Maya Angelou Disasters are called natural, as if nature were the executioner and not the...

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When you meet the Buddha…..

When you meet the Buddha…..

“Buddha” means “the awakened one” – that is, someone who has woken up from the dream of being a separate ego in a material universe.  Gautama Siddhartha, whom we affectionately, ridiculously, call the Buddha, taught for forty-five years. In all those years, and in all the hundreds of thousands of teaching words that he uttered, his message was simply this:...

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What’s Not Here

What’s Not Here

I start out on this road, call it love or emptiness. I only know what’s not here: resentment seeds, back-scratching greed, worrying about out-come, fear of people. When a bird gets free, it doesn’t go back for remnants left on the bottom of the cage! Close by, I’m rain. Far off, a cloud of fire. I seem restless, but I am deeply at ease. Branches tremble; the roots are still. I...

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Heartbreak

Heartbreak

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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These Candles, Our Bodies

These Candles, Our Bodies

These candles, our bodies, see how they burn. How many hours will they last-days,months, years? Look at the warmth and comfort we can give to each other or to anything that comes close. One of the components of lasting art is a spirit flame within the created that can ignite inspiration and hope, and survive time’s...

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