Thursday, July 31, 2014

Pointer


If I walk on water,
will that make me sacred?

If I turn water into wine,
will that make me holy?

No.

Pointing to God is enough.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Not More


Two choices seem
better than one,
but too many
leave me feeling
dissatisfied.

Satisfaction doesn't come
from more choices.
It comes from simple living.

Simple living comes
from fewer choices.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Leap


How high do I have to set the bar
to find peace and contentment?

Joy doesn't come from going over.
Joy is what causes the leap.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Resting Place


When I can't find
a resting place,
the only rest
is in Tao.

When I can't find
a refuge,
the only refuge
is in God.

Within the Divine,
rest is redundant,
refuge irrelevant.


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.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

True Change


The only true change
arises from within.

Inner change arises
from seeing differently.

Different sight arises
from the work of Tao.


Monday, July 14, 2014

First and Last


In God, there is
no alpha and omega.

In Tao, there is
no first and last.

Only among the
ten thousand things
do these matter.

They are dreams
of sleeping minds.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

What We See


Where we look
determines what we notice.

What we think
determines what we see.

What we see
is not always what we think.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Bridge


Some people
stay on their side
of the bridge.

Some people
cross the bridge
to the other side.

Some people
are the bridge.


Friday, July 11, 2014

In Motion


I don't have to be
in motion to live,
but I do have to be
in motion to love.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Other Parts


The word God
is not God.

The word God
is only part of God.

Other parts
are dark.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Food Source


We feed our families first.
Then we feed our guests,
then our friends and neighbors,
then our fellow citizens.
Then we feed our nation.
Then we feed our allies,
then those in distant lands.
Then we feed our enemies.

But first, Tao feeds us.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

One Right Way


Some think there is
only one right way.
Some think their way
is that one right way.

If there is only one right way,
I think it must be this:
to seek a deeper awareness
of the Divine.

Everyone has a way into that.


Monday, July 7, 2014

Plea


What we desire
shows us not only
what we want
but also what we fear.

What we despise
shows us not only
what we loath
but also what we need.


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Wanting to See


I want to see.

I wonder if
it's even
possible to see.

I try to see.

I ask to see.

And when
I finally do see,
I say thank you.


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Harder than Stone


We build cities out of stone,
but maybe we should
build them out of hearts.

Hearts can be so much harder.


Friday, July 4, 2014

Better Shape


This is a picture of me walking.
It's not really me walking.
It's just a picture of me walking.

If this were really me walking,
I'd be in much better shape.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

As the Spirit Moves


Order out of chaos.
Death out of life.
Light out of darkness.

Mystery out of mystery.
Truth out of truth.


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Greatest Blindness


We look,
but we do not see
what is there.

We only see
what we know to see.

We can never see
what we do not know to see.

This is our
greatest blindness.

The only cure
is to stop looking
and just see.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Fenced Off


When I fence off those who
don't believe what I believe,
don't preach what I preach,
don't live the way I live,
I fence myself off
from the Promised Land.