Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Enough to Know


No matter what tribe we belong to,
we are all siblings under the skin.

But the only way we'll ever know this
is if we care enough to know it.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Living Forever


Living forever
is the same as living
in this moment.

Change makes us
think otherwise.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Holy Land


When we discover Tao,
we mark the place as sacred.

When we encounter God,
we claim the land as holy.

Tao doesn't make sacred places.
We do.

God doesn't create holy lands.
We do.

We forget that every place is sacred.
We forget that every land is holy.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

What Lasts Forever


The only thing
that lasts forever
is this moment.

But even it
is forever changing.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Caring Is Caring


Breathing is breathing.
Walking is walking.
Caring is caring.

The first grounds me.
The second animates me.
The third saves me.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Consumables


Which are more significant,
all of the things we can buy
or the hands that make them?

Which are more essential,
all of the leftovers we throw out
or the backs that grow them?

Which are more valuable,
all of the labels we wear
or the fingers that sew them?


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hard Mountain


The hardest mountain to climb
is the mountain of my own faith.

The only way to the top
is to decide not to know.

When I give up knowing,
I become free to believe anything.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Mystery


Accepting what is not acceptable.
Nourishing what is not sustainable.
Caring for what is not lovable.
Enriching what is not generous.

This is how Tao remains a mystery.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

So Easy to Forget


Beneath the clothes,
beyond the limits,
despite the fears,
behind the threats,
in spite of the customs,
regardless of the culture,
we are all sisters and brothers
under the skin.

What a shame
it's so easy to forget this.


Monday, September 8, 2014

Anybody's Guess


Even in darkness,
the wind across a lake
can wrinkle the surface
and send light anywhere.

Who will see its reflection
is anybody's guess.


Sunday, September 7, 2014

This Moment Now


The past is dust and memory.
The future is never clear.

What I forget is that this moment
is the future I was trying to control,
the past I won't be able to change.

Before and after take care of themselves
when I give myself to this moment now.

Saturday, September 6, 2014