Waiting to Go On

…It must be
we are waiting
for the perfect moment. 

It must be

under all the struggle
we want to go on.

It must be, 
that deep
down

we are creatures

getting ready
for when we are needed.

It must be that waiting
for the listening ear

or the appreciative word, 
for the right
woman or the right man
or the right moment
just to ourselves,

we are getting ready
just to be ready

and nothing else.

Like this moment
just before the guests arrive
working
by the window
in the kitchen
sensing a deep
down symmetry
in every blessed thing.

The way
that everything
unbeknownst
to us

is preparing
to meet us too.

Just on the other
side of the door
someone
is about to knock
and our life

is just

about to change

and finally

after all these
years rehearsing, 
behind

the curtain,

we might
just be
ready

to go on.

~David Whyte


That Lives in Us

If you put your hands on this oar with me,
they will never harm another, and they will come to find
they hold everything you want.

If you put your hands on this oar with me, they would no longer
lift anything to your mouth that might wound your precious land-
that sacred earth that is your body.

If you put your soul against this oar with me,
the power that made the universe will enter your sinew
from a source not outside your limbs, but from a holy realm
that lives in us.

Exuberant is existence, time a husk.
When the moment cracks open, ecstasy leaps out and devours space;
love goes mad with the blessings, like my words give.

Why lay yourself on the torturer’s rack of the past and future?
The mind that tries to shape tomorrow beyond its capacities
will find no rest.

Be kind to yourself, dear- to our innocent follies.
Forget any sounds or touch you knew that did not help you dance.
You will come to see that all evolves us.

If you put your heart against the earth with me, in serving
every creature, our Beloved will enter you from our sacred realm
and we will be, we will be so happy.

Rumi


Live Slow Enough

Live slow enough and there is only the beginning of time. 

Follow anything in its act of being- a snowflake falling, ice melting, a loved one waking- and we are ushered into the ongoing moment of the beginning, the quiet instant from which each breath starts. What makes this moment so crucial is that it continually releases the freshness of living. The key to finding this moment and all its freshness, again and again, is in slowing down. 

Often, when we are inconvenienced, we are being asked to slow down. When we are delayed in our travel or waiting for a check in a restaurant, we are being asked to open up and look around. When we find ourselves stalled in our very serious and ambitious plans, we are often being asked to re-find the beginning of time. Unfortunately, we are all so high-paced, running so fast to where we want to be, that many of us are forced to slow down through illness or breakage. In this, we are such funny creatures. If we could see ourselves from far enough away, we would seem like a colony of insects running into things repeatedly: thousands of little determined beings butting into obstacles, shaking our little heads and bodies, and running into things again. 

Like the Earth that carries us, the ground of our being moves so slowly we take it for granted. But if you should feel stalled, numb, or exhausted from the trials of your life, simply slow your thoughts to the pace of cracks widening, slow your heart to the pace of the earth soaking up rain, and wait for the freshness of the beginning to greet you. 

~ Mark Nepo 


One Day the Goddess sang to her lover Bhairava,

Beloved and radiant Lord of peace before birth,

Revealer of essence,

Slayer of the ignorance that binds us, 

You, who in play have created this universe 

and permeated all forms in it with never-ending truth. 

I have been wondering....

I have been listening to the songs of creation, 

I have heard the sacred sutras being sung,

and yet still I am curious. 

What is this delight-filled universe

into which we find ourselves born? 

What is this mysterious awareness shimmering everywhere within it?

What are these instinctive energies

that undulate through our bodies, 

moving us into action? 

And this "matter" out of which our forms are made-

What are these dancing particles of condensed radiance, 

Are they an illusionist's projection? 

What is this power we call Life,

appearing as the play of less and breath?

How may I know this mystery and enter it more deeply?

Beloved, my attention is ensnared by a myriad of forms,

the innumerable individual entities everywhere. 

lead me into the wholeness beyond all these parts. 

You, who hold the mysteries in your hand-

of will, knowledge and action,

Reveal to me the path of illumined knowing. 

Lead me into joyous union

with the life of the universe.

teach me that I may know it fully,

realize it deeply,

and breath in the truth of it. 


The Presence of God 

I looked a hundred times and all I saw was dust. The sun broke through and flecks of gold filled the air. 

Consider how the sun continually lights our daily world, yet we cannot see light except in what it touches. Though the sun burns constantly and holds everything living within its pull, though it sends its power across millions of miles, it is unseen for all that way, until it hits a simple blade of grass or makes the web of a spider a golden patch of lace. 

In the same way, the presence of God powerfully moves between us unseen, only visible in the brief moments we are lighted, in those enlivened moments we know as love. 

For just as we can look at that spider web and never see its beauty until it reveals itself in sudden light, we can look upon the nearest face , again and again, never seeing the beauty in each other, until one or both of us is revealed. Spirits show themselves in just this way, or rather, our gentleness of heart allows us to see and be seen. 

It makes our search for love a humble one. For what is there to do but grow in the open and wait. 

 

~Mark Nepo 


 

Inside and Far Beyond You

The road seen, then not seen, the hillside
hiding then revealing the way you should take,
the road dropping away from you as if leaving you
to walk on thin air, then catching you, holding you up,
when you thought you would fall - and the way forward
always in the end, the way that you came, the way
that you followed, the way that carried you into your future, 
that brought you to this place, no matter that
it sometimes had to take your promise from you,
no matter that it always had to break your heart
along the way: the sense of having walked
from far inside yourself out into the revelation,
to have risked yourself for something that seemed
to stand both inside you and far beyond you,
and that called you back in the end
to the only road you could follow...

Excerpt from “Santiago”
From PILGRIM: Poems by David Whyte


Dear Human, 

You've got it all wrong. You didn't come here to master unconditional love.

That is where you came from and where you'll return.

You came here to learn personal love.

Universal love.

Messy love.

Sweaty love.

Crazy love.

Broken love.

Whole love. Infused with divinity.

Lived through the grace of stumbling.

Demonstrated through the beauty of messing up.

Often.

You didn't come here to be perfect. You already are.

You came here to be gorgeously human. Flawed and fabulous.

And then to rise again in remembering.

But unconditional love? Stop telling that story.

Love, in truth, doesn't need any other adjectives.

It doesn't require the conditions to be perfect.

It only asks that you stay present and feel fully.

That you sine and fly and laugh and cry and hurt and heal and fall and get back up and play and work and live and die as you.

It's enough.

Its plenty. 

~Courtney Walsh


The miracle had come simply
from allowing yourself to know
that you had found it, that this time
someone walking out into the clear air
from far inside you had decided not to walk
past it any more; the miracle had come
at the roadside in the kneeling to drink
and the prayer you said, and the tears you shed
and the memory you held and the realization
that in this silence you no longer had to keep
your eyes and ears averted from the place
that could save you, that you had been given
the strength to let go of the thirsty dust laden
pilgrim-self that brought you here, walking
with her bent back, her bowed head
and her careful explanations…
~David Whyte


Let the birds take your clothes
Let the waves undo your holding back
Let the vines unravel your tired mind
And the earth savour your sweat and tears.

Let your stories burn off like rising mist,
As your past and the false floors of curbed self love
Dissolve into butterfly wings and fire flies
As your edges blur and your cosmic self ignites.

Let the trees bathe your breath
Let the meadows embrace you
Let the mountains and the bees remind you
Let the sky flood in and allow the clouds to guide you.

Let your undoing be as total
As your becoming is beautiful –
And when the living world has climbed inside
Enough for you to feel four legs, scales and wings.

May you finally know yourself alive as all things –
Indivisible and responsible
Reborn into wholeness
Natural, Sacred and Wild

~Clare Dakin


 Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.

Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.

Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.

Do not believe anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.

Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.

But after observation, practice, and embodiment, when you find that anything that is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then, and only then,  accept it and live up to it.

 ~Swami Dayananda Saraswati


Sweet girl, you’re safe. 

Its okay to feel what you feel. I love you for who you are. Exactly as you are. 

I will never leave you. I will always be here for you. To hold you and cheer you on. 

There’s nothing you could ever do that would cause me to close my heart to you. 

But, please, don’t overlook me. Stop doubting me. 

Don’t forget that I’m RIGHT HERE . Don’t fall asleep to the strength that I can give you, or the power of my love to heal any and everything. 

Please call on me. Let me help you! You don’t need to figure it out all by yourself. You know that when you do, you get all tangled up in your thoughts and strangled by your fears. 

Lean into me. Open to me. Call to me. I can’t show you your next steps if you don’t ask me to show them to you. 

Darling girl, I miss you. I want to help you shine your most magnificent light, as a blessing for this world. 

You’re precious and worthy of all the love and joy your heart can hold, and so much more. 

When you forget that, it means you’ve also forgotten me. 

Please let me be close to you. Please let us be ONE. 

With all of my love,

Your SHE

- Sara Avant Stover


Salutation to the Dawn

 

Look to this day! For it is life, 

The very life of life. 

In its brief course lie all the verities

And realities of your existence. 

The bliss of growth,

The glory of action,

The splendor of beauty, 

For yesterdays but a dream,

And tomorrow is only a vision;

But today well lived

Makes every yesterday a dream of happiness,

And every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Look well, therefore, to this day! 

Such is the Salutation to the Dawn. 

-Kalidasa


With That Moon Language

Admit something: Everyone you see, you say to them, "Love me."

Of course you do not do this out loud, otherwise someone would call the cops.

Still though, think about this, this great pull in us to connect. Why not become the one who lives with a full moon in each eye that is always saying, with that sweet moon language, What every other eye in this world is dying to hear?

-Hafiz


Eventually tides will be the only calendar you believe in
And someone’s face, whom you love, will be as a star
Both intimate and ultimate, 
And you will be heart-shaken and respectful. 

And you will hear the air itself, like a beloved, whisper
Oh let me, for a while longer, enter the two
Beautiful bodies of your lungs...

Look, and look again.
This world is not just a little thrill for your eyes.

It’s more than bones.
It’s more than the delicate wrist with its personal pulse.
It’s more than the beating of a single heart.
It’s praising.
It’s giving until the giving feels like receiving.
You have a life- just imagine that!
You have this day, and maybe another, and maybe
Still another…

And I have become the child of the clouds, and of hope.
I have become the friend of the enemy, whoever that is.
I have become older and, cherishing what I have learned, 
I have become younger.

And what do I risk to tell you this, which is all I know?
Love yourself. Then forget it. Then, love the world.  
- Mary Oliver


We have come to Be Danced

Not the pretty dance
Not the pretty pretty, pick me, pick me dance
But the claw our way back into the belly of the Sacred, Sensual Animal dance.  The unhinged, unplugged, cat is out of its box Dance.  The holding the precious moment in the palms of our hands and feet Dance.  

We have come to Be Danced  

Not the jiffy booby, shake your booty for him dance

But the wring the sadness from our skin dance.  The Blow the chip off our shoulder Dance.  The slap the apology from our posture Dance.  We have come to Be Danced.  Not the monkey see, monkey do dance.  One two Dance like you.  One two three, Dance like me Dance.

But the grave robber, tomb stalker ttearing scabs and scars open Dance.

The rub the Rhythm Raw against our Soul Dance

We have come to Be Danced

Not the nice, invisible, self-conscious shuffle

But the matted hair flying, Voodoo Mama, Shaman Shakin’ Ancient Bones Dance

The strip us from our casings, Return our Wings & Sharpen our Claws and Tongues Dance

The Shed Dead Cells and slip intoThe Luminous Skin of Love Dance.  

We have Come to BeDanced.

Not the hold our breath wallow in the shallow end of the floor dance.  But the Meeting of the Trinity, the Body Breath and Beat Dance.  The Shout Hallelujah from the top of our Thighs Dance.  The Mother may I?  Yes you may take 10 giant Leaps Dance.  The olly olly oxen free free free DanceThe everyone can come to our Heaven Dance.  We have come to Be Danced.  Where the Kingdom’s Collide -- In the Cathedral of Flesh to Burn Back into the Light

To unravel, to Play, to Fly, to Pray.

To root in skin sanctuary.

We have come to Be Danced.

We Have Come.

~ Jewel Matheison


Center of all centers, core of cores,

almond self-enclosed, and growing sweet--
all this universe, to the furthest stars
all beyond them, is your flesh, your fruit.

Now you feel how nothing clings to you;
your vast shell reaches into endless space,
and there the rich, thick fluids rise and flow.
Illuminated in your infinite peace,

a billion stars go spinning through the night,
blazing high above your head.
But in you is the presence that
will be, when all the stars are dead.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke 


I believe in all that has never yet been spoken.

I want to free what waits within me
so that what no one has dared to wish for

may for once spring clear
without my contriving.

If this is arrogant, God, forgive me,
but this is what I need to say.
May what I do flow from me like a river,
no forcing and no holding back,
the way it is with children.

Then in these swelling and ebbing currents,
these deepening tides moving out, returning,
I will sing you as no one ever has,

streaming through widening channels
into the open sea.

 ~ Ranier Maria Rilke


You do not have to be good.

You do not have to walk on your knees

For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.

You only have to let the soft animal of your body

love what it loves.

Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.

Meanwhile the world goes on.

Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain

are moving across the landscapes,

over the prairies and the deep trees,

the mountains and the rivers.

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,

are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,

the world offers itself to your imagination,

calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting --

over and over announcing your place

in the family of things.

~ Mary Oliver


Part Two, Sonnet 

Quiet friend who has come so far,

feel how your breathing makes more space around you.

Let this darkness be a bell tower

and you the bell. As you ring,

what batters you becomes your strength.

Move back and forth into the change.

What is it like, such intensity of pain?

If the drink is bitter, turn yourself to wine.

In this uncontainable night,

be the mystery at the crossroads of your senses,

the meaning discovered there.

And if the world has ceased to hear you,

say to the silent Earth: I flow.

To the rushing water, speak: I am.

~ Ranier Maria Rilke


Swallowed Keys

We locked up our wisdom into our bones

And swallowed the keys

They sank into our rivers of blood

And we forgot the maps

Because we had to forget the mysteries

To keep them safe.

We wove our hair into brooms

And swept over our paths

And then burned the earth with our rage

We didn’t teach our children

It was the only way to protect them,

we thought

But in them we planted seeds, seeds and keys

And told them stories and riddles and songs

With no roots, just tangled threads

That would take years to unwind

Just enough time

For the rains to fall again

And put out the fires

For the dams to break

For the rivers to flood

For the paths to be walked again

For the soil to breathe

And as the old bones crumble

Deep beneath the rubble

We find we’ve always had the keys

Our stories and our maps

Our paths are revealed to some

And the seeds grow again

The threads are unspun

And woven again.

~ Amara Bronwin Hollow Bones – excerpt from We’Moon 2012


We do not become writers,

dancers, musicians,

helpers,

peacemakers.

We came as such.

We are.

Some of us are still catching up to what we are.

We do not learn to love in this sense.

We came as Love.

We are Love.

Some of us are still catching up to who we truly are.

~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes 


Time to go into the dark

Where the night has eyes

To recognize its own.

There you can be sure

You are not beyond Love.

The dark will be your womb tonight.

The night will give you a horizon 

Further than you can see. 

~David Whyte


Put down the weight of your aloneness

and ease into
 the conversation.

The kettle is singing
 even as it pours you a drink

the cooking pots
 have left their arrogant aloofness

and
 seen the good in you at last.

All the birds and creatures of the world

are unutterably
 themselves.

Everything is waiting for you

~David Whyte 


It doesn't interest me if there is one God

Or many gods.

I want to know if you belong -- or feel abandoned;

If you know despair

Or can see it in others.

I want to know

If you are prepared to live in the world

With its harsh need to change you;

If you can look back with firm eyes

Saying "this is where I stand."

I want to know if you know how to melt

Into that fierce heat of living

Falling toward the center of your longing.

I want to know if you are willing

To live day by day

With the consequence of love

And the bitter unwanted passion

Of your sure defeat.

I have been told

In that fierce embrace

Even the gods

Speak of God.

~ David Whyte


We have bigger houses but smaller families;

more conveniences, but less time;

we have more degrees, but less sense;

more knowledge, but less judgement;

more experts, but more problems;

more medicines, but less healthiness;

we've been all the way to the moon and back,

but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor.

we built more computers to hold more information to produce more copies than ever, but have less communication;

we have become long on quantity, but short on quality.

these are times of fast foods but slow digestion;

tall man, but short character;

steep profits but shallow relationships.

it's a time when there is much in the window,

but nothing in the room.

~ his holiness the 14th dalai lama


For a dancer or athlete,

internal impulses

result in movement through space;

for a yogi,

these impulses move instead

along internal lines of force,

reverberating within and

constantly renewing the container of the asana.

When we witness a yoga practitioner

skilled in this dynamic internal dance,

we sense a body in continuous,

subtle motion.

Too often, students interpret and practice asana as rigid stance, perhaps because our images of asanas

come from photographs, or

because some instructors teach asanas

as static sculptures.

But if we rely on such guides,

we may strive to obtain the external appearance of

an asana without ever gaining

the true internal

experience of it."

~ d.farhi ~


 The wind and I could come by and carry

you the last part of your journey,

if you became light enough,

by just letting go of a few more things

you are clinging to...

that still believe in gravity.

~from a year with Hafiz


I was a speck of dust measured in molecules

Now I am a rising mountain peak, snow-capped

I was forgotten like coffee grains in an empty pot

Now I am a surging light leading a multitude


You erased my famine, unpicked my anger

Your energy charges my voice, it radiates my heart

Now I am alive with the ore of word pouring

From my lips like molten lava glittering with joy.

~ Rumi, as translated by Fatemeh Kavandi ~


Just give me this:

A rinsing out, a cleansing free

Of all my smaller strivings

So I can be the class act God intended,

True to my purpose,

All my energy aligned behind my deepest intention.

And just this:

A quieting down,

A clearing away of internal ruckus,

So I can hear the huge stillness in my heart

And feel

How I pulse with all creation,

Part and parcel of Your great singing ocean.

And this too:

A willingness to notice and forgive the myriad times

I fall short,

Forgetting who I am,

What I really belong to.

So I can start over,

Fresh and clean,

Like sweet sheets billowing in the summer sun,

My heart pierced with gratitude.

~  Belleruth Naparstek


You must learn one thing.


The world was made to be free in.


Give up all the other worlds


Except the one to which you belong.


Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet


Confinement of your aloneness to learn

Anything or anyone


That does not bring you alive


Is too small for you.


~  David Whyte


May we reveal our abundance without shame.

May we peel back our sleeping wintery layers

Like snakeskins, like the silk chrysalis,

Like clothing cast off during love.

May we unravel with abandon like lover’s knots

Before knitting ourselves back to the heart.

May we settle into our own rhythms as tides do—

Within the borders of the moon’s calling…

May the milky fingers of the moon

Reach down nightly to cherish and unveil us.

May we turn our bodies generously in its light

Like tranquil fish glinting underwater.

Like precious stones….

~ Lisa Colt


Put the palms your hands together

Close to your body, thumbs touching your chest

Then bow your head to the tree

Whose body bears these words.

 In the deep pool under the cedar

A salmon rises to a mayfly and ripples spread

In widening O’s like the years

Etched into heartwood as it grows.

What have the years written into your body?

What patterns emerged as you passed through fire?

Put your palms together, lifeline to lifeline.

Bow your heard to the history you bear.

~ Judith Barrington


My body, you are an animal

Whose appropriate behavior

Is concentration and discipline.

An effort of an athlete, a saint, and of a yogi.

 Well trained

You may become for me

A Gate

Through which I will leave myself and a gate

Through which I will enter myself.

A plumb line to the center of the earth

And a cosmic ship to Jupiter.

 My body, you are an animal

For whom ambition is right

Splendid possibilities are open to us.

~unknown


Still the body

Still the mind

Still the voice inside

In silence

Feel the stillness Move

~ Kabir


You keep waiting for something to happen,

the thing that lifts you out of yourself,

catapults you into doing all the things you’ve put off

the great things you’re meant to do in your life,

but somehow never quite get to.

You keep waiting for the planets to shift

the new moon to bring news,

the universe to align, something to give.

Meanwhile, the piles of papers, the laundry, the dishes, the job—

it all stacks up while you keep hoping

for some miracle to blast down upon you,

scattering the piles to the winds.

Sometimes you lie in bed, terrified of your life.

Sometimes you laugh at the privilege of waking.

But all the while, life goes on it its messy way.

And then you turn forty. Or fifty. Or sixty…

and some part of you realizes you are not alone

and you find signs of this in the animal kingdom –

when a snake sheds its skin its eyes glaze over,

it slinks under a rock, not wanting to be touched,

and when caterpillar turns to butterfly

if the pupa is brushed, it will die—

and when the bird taps its beak hungrily against the egg

It’s because the thing is too small, too small,

and it needs to break out.

And midlife walks you into that wisdom

that this is what transformation looks like—

the mess of it, the tapping at the walls of your life,

the yearning and writhing and pushing,

until one day, one day

you emerge from the wreck

embracing both the immense dawn

and the dusk of the body,

glistening, beautiful

just as you are.

~ Leza Lowitz



I wish you deep tunnels without fear.

I wish you children's laughter.

I wish you moonlit crisp skies.

I wish you real eyes.

I wish you tears, i wish you clean.

I wish you angels in conference around your bed, holding you.

I wish you abalone dreams.

I wish you peace.

I wish you doves in your kitchen.

Moonlight in your bathroom.

Candles when your eyes close and dawn when they open.

I wish you so many arms across your shoulders.

So many mouths kissing your ears that you smile from the inconvenience.

I wish you water, oh i wish you water

Through your feet flowing like a stream.

And I wish you hammocks, and melon on your eyelids.

Strawberries in your mouth, and fingers,held in your own hand all day.

~ Ruth Foreman


Quietness

Inside this new love, die.
Your way begins on the other side.

Become the sky.
Take an axe to the prison wall.

Escape.

Walk out like somebody suddenly born into color.

Do it now.
You’re covered with thick cloud.
Slide out the side.

Die,
and be quiet. Quietness is the surest sign
that you’ve died.

Your old life was a frantic running
from silence.

The speechless full moon
comes out now.

~ Rumi


May I be the doctor and the medicine

And may I be the nurse

For all sick beings in the world

Until everyone is healed.

May a rain of food and drink descend

To clear away the pain of thrist and hunger

And during the con of famine

May I myself turn into food and drink.

May I become an inexhaustible treasure

For those who are poor and destitute;

May I turn into all things they could need 

And may these items be placed close to them.

May all who say bad things to me

Or cause me any other harm,

And those who mock and insult me,

Have the fortune to fully awaken.

May I be a protector for those who seek one

And a lamp for those desiring light;

May I be a bed for all who wish to rest

And a slave for all who want a slave.

May I be a wishing jewel, a magic vase,

Powerful mantras, and great medicine;

May I become a wish-fulfilling tree

And a cow of plenty for the world.

Just like space

And all the great elements: air, fire, water, and earth,

May I always support the life of all the boundless creatures.

And until they pass away from pain

May I also be the source of Life

For all the realms of varied being

That reach unto the end of time and space.

~Shanti Deva


 Rest Here.

Relax into who you really are.

You are magnificence itself.
 

Let go of resistance to everything,

And what remains is the perfect flow 

Of effortless Life.

What you are unwilling to feel

Remains as tension,

Becomes gnawing,
Grows into addiction.

Restore the capacity to feel fully,

To allow the experience without flinching,

And the addiction, the gnawing, the tension,

Dissolve.

Rest here and things are simple.

~ Arjuna (from the epic, Bhagavad Gita) 


Let yourself be silently drawn to what you love.

~ Rumi


Be strong then,

and enter into your own body.

There you have a solid place for your feet.

Think about it carefully!

Don’t go off somewhere else!

Just throw away all thoughts of imaginary things, 

And stand firm in that which you are.

~ Kabir


 Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing,

there is a field.  I’ll meet you there.

 When the soul lies down in that grass,

the world is too full to talk about.

Ideas, language, even the phrase each other

Doesn’t make any sense.

~ Rumi


The One you are looking for Is the One who is looking.

~ St. Francis of Assisi 


Be patient toward all that is unresolved in your heart

Try to love the questions themselves.

Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given

Because you would not be able to live them.

And the point is to live everything.

Live the Questions.

Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it,

Live along some distant day into the answers.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke 


It must be built by following your instinct,

as a seal finds its breathing hole in the ice,

by letting yourself go into moments that pull

like a magnet to North.

You listen quietly until you know the moment, its song,

while it pulls a place in you and like the seal

you may find an Eskimo spear poised to strike you as you listen.

Then, you visit your breathing place where some moments

come, are lived quickly, and go.

Others visit for years and are still not over.

You must visit daily so the path remains visible

as the doubts of others try to entice you

to be their breathing place, try to make you forget

the place you have struggled to find.

~ Mary Oliver 


 Awareness cleaned my mind

To a polished mirroring.

The presence came near, and I knew

that was everything,

and I nothing.

~ Lalla


 The moment you have in your heart

This extraordinary thing called love

and feel the depth,

the delight,

the ecstasy of it,

you will discover that for you

the world is transformed.

~ Krishnamurti


I long for You

so much

I follow barefoot in

Your frozen tracks that are high

in the mountains

that I know are years old. 

I long for you so much

I have begun to travel where I have never been before. 

There is no one in this world

who is not looking

for God.

Everyone is trudging along

with as much dignity, courage and style as they possibly can.

~ Hafiz


All the yogas,

whatever their source and character,

have only one aim:

To save you from the clamity of separate existence,

of being a meaningless dot in a vast and beautiful picture.

~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj


It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;

what is essential is essential in invisible to the eye.

~ The Fox to the Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery


When you love,

give it everything you've got

and when you've reached your limit,

give it more

and forget the pain of it

because as you face your death, it's only the love which will count.

All the rest,

the accomplishments and struggles, the fights,

will be forgotten in your reflection

and if you have loved well, then it will have been worth it

and the joy of it will last you through to the end,

but if you have not death will always come too soon

and be too terrible to face.

~ Elizabeth Kubler-Ross 


Love exists for Love’s sake and nothing else. 

It is spontaneous and spreads delight.

Everything is permeated by Love. 

Love can conquer anything. 

Selfless, pure, unalloyed Love leads us to God. 

Selfish and constricted Love binds us to the world. 

Unable to comprehend the pure and sacred nature of Love,

We are prey to endless worries because of our attachment

to worldly objects. 

Our primary duty is to understand the truth about the Love principle. 

Once one understands the nature of Love, they will not go astray.

~ Sai Baba


The person who,

being really on the Way,

falls upon hard times in the world,

will not,

as a consequence,

turn to that friend who offers her refuge and comfort

and encourage their old self to survive.

Rather, she will seek out someone who will

faithfully and inexorably help her to risk herself,

so that she may endure the difficulty and

pass courageously through it. 

Only to the extent that a person exposes herself over

and over again to annihilation,

can that which is indestructible

be found within them. 

In this daring lies the dignity and

the spirit of true awakening.

~ Karlfried van Durkheim 


When the mind is still,

tranquil,

not seeking any

answer or solution even,

neither resisting or avoiding,

it is only then

there can be a regeneration,

because

only then

is the mind capable of perceiving

what is true,

and it is the truth that liberates,

not our effort to be free.

~ Krishnamurti 


If we could read the secret history of our enemies,

we should find in 

each man's life

sorrow and suffering

enough to disarm all 
hostility.

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


The Mystery does not get clearer

by repeating the question,

nor is it bought

with going to amazing places.

Until you’ve kept your eyes

And your wandering still for fifty years,

You don’t begin to cross over from confusion.

~ Rumi


 Come, come, whoever you are

Wanderer, fire worshipper, lover of leaving.

This is not a caravan of despair.

It does not matter that you have

Broken your vows a thousand times.

Still come, and yet again, come...

~ Rumi


 "You are a great mystery of

Many multidimensional energies.

Accept it, and move with every energy,

With deep sensitivity, with awareness,

With love, with understanding.

Move with it!

Then every desire becomes a vehicle to go beyond it.

Then every energy becomes a help.

And then this very world is nirvana,

This very body is a temple –

A holy temple, a holy place."

~ Osho


“When you plant lettuce,

If it does not grow well,

 you don't blame the lettuce.

You look for reasons it is not doing well.

 It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun.

You never blame the lettuce.

Yet if we have problems with our friends or family,

We blame the other person.

But if we know how to take care of them,

They will grow well, like the lettuce.

Blaming has no positive effect at all,

Nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument.

That is my experience.

No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding.

If you understand, and you show that you understand,

You can love, and the situation will change”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh 


 "As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth,

So a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind.

To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again.

To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over

The kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives."

~ Henry David Thoreau


 "The basic foundation of humanity is

Compassion and love.

This is why, if even a few individuals simply

Try to create mental peace and happiness

Within themselves and act responsibly and

Kind-heartedly towards others,

They will have a positive influence in their community."

~ Dalai Lama


 We either make ourselves miserable

Or we make ourselves happy.

The work is the same.

~ Carlos Castenada


 


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