Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Something to See


Even where there
is nothing to see
there is always
something to see.

It just depends
on how deeply
we're willing to look.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Long Enough


No life lasts long enough
to be fully explored.
We all remain unknown.

But would I really want
to know myself completely?
What about myself
would I rather not know?

Long enough is long enough.


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Unknown


My ego mind wants to be known.
My larger self knows it's better to be heard.

My ego mind wants to be loved.
My wiser self knows I already am.

My ego mind wants to be worshiped.
My deeper self knows it would destroy me.

To be known is nothing.
To be useful is a gift.


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Powers of Indecision


Indecision grants
three powers.

The first is the power
to do nothing.

The second is the power
to impede others.

The third is the power
to deny what's coming.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Making Art


Each frame gives context.
Each frame binds together.
Each frame creates a whole.
Each frame makes art possible.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hardest to Cross


The hardest
river to cross
isn't the widest
or the deepest
or the swiftest.

It's the river
that separates us
from loving those
who hurt us.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Not Alone in Living


Mercy is
like a stream
in a dry land.

It cools.
Quenches.
Washes clean.

It reminds us
we are not alone
in living.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Land of Necessary Watchers


Who is watching
the watcher?

Who is watching
the watcher's watcher?

There is no true peace
in a land of necessary watchers.


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Two Desires


Some of my desires grow
out of a shallow place.

Some of my desires rise
up from greater depths.

The first tell me who I want to be.
The second tell me who I am.


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Changing My Mind


I cannot change my life
until I change my mind.

When I change my mind,
my life follows suit.

What might happen when
I discover I can change my life?

Anything.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Three Powers


The power of light.
The power of darkness.
The power of the middle way.

The power of light sheds
wisdom and compassion.

The power of darkness offers
the grounding of experience.

The power of the middle way finds
wise compassion through experience.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Shared Path


When we share a path
with someone else
as we go along our way,
we each gain something
that will help us when
our paths diverge again.

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

Friday, September 5, 2014

Core


The center of God
is at the center
of every living thing.

The heart of Tao
is at the heart
of every breathing soul.

To see God,
look to the center.

To hear Tao,
listen to the heart.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Forgiving the Deeper Pain


Forgiving an enemy
for violence
is easier than
forgiving a friend
for meanness.

One is expected.
The other isn't.
The one that isn't
creates a deeper pain.


Monday, September 1, 2014

Pathfinder


Every community
sets its own rules,
but each of us must
follow our own path.

No one can guide us
the whole way.
We have to figure
that out for ourselves.