Sunday, July 27, 2014

Open to All


The window
that lets in light
also lets in darkness.

The door
that opens to freedom
also opens to chaos.

God is an open window.
Tao is an open door.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Held Back


What holds us back
when we want
to move forward?

What keeps us in place
when we want to keep going?

If it comes from outside,
consider it again.

If it comes from inside,
listen.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Seven Fears


Dying too soon.
Living too long.

Not knowing enough.
Knowing too much.

Feeling pain.
Feeling nothing.

Not mattering.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wise Teacher


Just as water seeps
into the lowest places,
Tao flows unimpeded
through every human pain.

This is what makes suffering
such a wise teacher.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Horizon Within


The walls and fences
that hem us in are not
our greatest barriers.

The greatest barrier
is the horizon within.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Withstanding Fear


When we separate ourselves
from the natural world,
we lose sight of our humanity.

When our humanity dims,
Our ability to withstand fear withers.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Upside Down


A world turned upside down
requires new ways of seeing.

To keep looking with old eyes
is its own form of blindness.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Colonized


A nation is not
a nation unless
the people want
to be a nation.

Otherwise,
there are only
colonies of distrust.

Where distrust
rules the land,
no one is truly free.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Spark


Any spark
can start a fire
if the conditions
are right.

Be mindful
of what you
set aflame.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Still Flowing


I can quiet
my mind.

I can silence
my thoughts.

But even
a calm lake
teems underneath.

Even
a silent river
still flows.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Supported


My limits
are supported
by my fears.

My potential
is supported
by my confidence.

My wisdom
is supported
by my experience.