Monday, July 6, 2015

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Listening for It


Music comes from
the things around us.
We think we invent it,
but it's really a gift.

This is another reason
listening is important.


Friday, July 3, 2015

No Distance


The distance between
heaven and earth
is no distance at all.

Only our fear keeps us
from seeing this.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Terrible Student


Religion taught me about God,
but it was a very small God.

Faith taught me about God,
but it was an invisible God.

Experience taught me about God,
but it was a personal God.

I finally figured out that only God
can teach me about God.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Like Nothing


Happiness is like weather.
It comes and goes.

Joy is like the ocean.
It takes into itself all it receives.

Tao is like nothing.
It never arrives nor departs.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

When You Forgive Me


When you forgive me,
you set down the pain
that I created for you
out of my own pain. 

The pain you
no longer wish
to carry for me.

This is why forgiveness
offers more to the forgiver
than to the forgiven.


Monday, June 29, 2015

New Layer


Tao carves me,
day in and day out,
like a block of wood.

And night after night,
I grow a new layer of bark
to protect me from the blade.


Sunday, June 28, 2015

No Such Law


Marriage isn't about law.
Marriage is about love.

A law against marriage
is a law against love.

A law against love
is a law against God.

No such law can stand
forever.


Saturday, June 27, 2015

What I Get


Do I get what I need?
Do I get what I earn?
Do I get what I deserve?

Do I need what I get?
Do I earn what I get?
Do I deserve what I get?

The answer depends on
how I phrase the question.


Friday, June 26, 2015

Follow the Roots


A religion rooted in fear
becomes a terror to the earth.

A religion rooted in love
becomes a balm to the earth.

A religion rooted in both
becomes a nuisance to us all.


Thursday, June 25, 2015

When I Pay Attention


When I pay attention,
I see what I wouldn't see.
I hear what I wouldn't hear.
I find what I wouldn't find.

Paying attention guides me
into living a complete life.

To live completely.

This is the true meaning
of perfection.