Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving


The straightest way
to turn pain into wisdom
is to be grateful for the pain.

The simplest way
to turn darkness into light
is to be thankful for the darkness.

Gratitude opens our eyes
to things we can't see
any other way.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Mattering to Tao


Would the universe
be less without us?
Would life be incomplete
in our absence?
Does it matter
that we're here at all?

No way to know.

It's better just to live
this moment as though
we matter to Tao.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Nothing More


There is what is.
There is what I see.
There is what I think I see.

What I think I see depends on
what I tell myself I see.

What I see depends on
where I turn my gaze.

What is depends on
what it is and nothing more.


Monday, November 24, 2014

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Gate of Indifference


What stands between us
and the future that looks so bright
is nothing more than the gate
of our own indifference.


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Enter Here


If your heaven
has a gate,
then it's a heaven
you've created,
not a heaven
God created.

God wouldn't
create a heaven
with a gate,
much less a fence.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Every Journey


Wherever it takes us,
every journey brings us
back home in the end.

But home is never the same
after we've been away.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tribal Paradox


My tribe helps keep me safe,
but it also hems me in.

The first allows me to explore.
The second pushes me to explore.

Exploration opens my eyes 
to a much larger tribe.

A box within a box within a box.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Forever Beautiful


Why should I want
to be happy every minute?

If it were always noon,
I'd miss the stars.

If it were always midnight,
I'd miss the blue sky.

Rising or setting,
the sun is forever beautiful.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Stream


What is surface?
What is depth?

See only surface
and know only
shadows of self.

See only depth
and know only
shadows of Tao.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Making the Journey


Each path has
its resting places.

Each resting place
has its purpose.

Together they make
the journey possible.