Friday, July 22, 2016

Perhaps the Most Difficult and Important Thing...






“Perhaps the most difficult and important thing 
is to learn to wait. 
And when one asks oneself what one is waiting for, 
one begins to realize that it is for a moment of stillness, 
without attachment to the past or future. 
For in such a moment all kinds of exercises and perceptions 
become possible which are never reliable 
when one is hurrying into the future or out of the past.” 

~Rodney Collin

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

He is Richest...




"He is richest 
who is content with the least, 
for contentedness is the wealth of nature."

~ Socrates


Monday, July 18, 2016

I Read in Scientific Detail...




I read in scientific detail about the radical transformation 
a caterpillar undergoes to become a butterfly.
I'd never realized the caterpillar actually digests itself! 
It completely dissolves.  
"Imaginal discs" that were dormant in the caterpillar 
are the only thing that remain and from those imaginal discs, 
a new being is formed. 
That being is completely different from the caterpillar, 
only it can fly! It has wings! It has the memory of being a caterpillar, 
but in its new life is experiencing the world in a very different way….
We too are the caterpillar. 
With our machines, our features, our identifications. 
But as we soften, these mechanical aspects of ourselves dissolve. 
Sometimes parts of us actually disintegrate and die, 
but the "imaginal discs" -- 
those moments when we've been in our Soul, 
the real-Is we've experienced, the beautiful impressions, 
the higher states... 
those give birth to something new. 
A more actualized Being.
As we dissolve more of our mechanics 
and grow more of our inner world, 
we too become butterflies.
~E

Friday, July 15, 2016

We Were All Free...



We were all free of the social norms 
and pressures of our society during the King of Hearts dinner. 
It was a night of focusing on the light within each of us 
and sharing that light with each moment that we spent together.  
I realize how little it takes to be happy, joyful, present, 
at peace and filled with love. 
It is so simple and takes so little to experience the divine. 
The ingredients verified this, simple candlelight, 
a warm meal and shelter to keep us warm.

~J

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Walk Away Quietly...




Walk away quietly in any direction 
and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. 
Camp out among the grasses 
and gentians of glacial meadows, 
in craggy garden nooks full of nature's darlings. 
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings, 
Nature's peace will flow into you 
as sunshine flows into trees. 
The winds will blow their own freshness 
into you and the storms their energy, 
while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. 
As age comes on, 
one source of enjoyment after another is closed, 
but nature's sources never fail.
~John Muir