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.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Vulnerable


My isolation makes me
vulnerable to fear.

My fear makes me
vulnerable to hate.

My hatred makes me
vulnerable to violence.

My violence makes me
vulnerable to pain.

My pain makes me
vulnerable to wisdom.

My wisdom makes me
vulnerable to Tao.

There is nothing
vulnerable in Tao.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Trust the Way


Every journey
is one of a kind.

Trust that you can
know the Way 
even when
you don't know
where you're going.


Monday, June 22, 2015

The Possible


Community makes life possible.
Forgiveness makes community possible.
Wisdom makes forgiveness possible.
Tao makes wisdom possible.


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Enter Here


Beauty enters us
through our senses.

Wisdom enters us
through our experiences.

Death enters us
through our fears.


Saturday, June 20, 2015

But Mostly


We're connected
by sunlight,
by moonlight,
by shadows,
by roots and trees,
by the air itself,
by anxiety,
by selfish misery,
by birth and death,
by wisdom,
by faith,
by hope,
by fear.

But mostly,
we're connected
by love.


Friday, June 19, 2015

Hatred Can't Kill Enough


Hatred can't kill
enough people
to destroy kindness.

Hatred can't kill
enough people
to stop forgiveness.

Hatred can't kill
enough people
to escape its own fear.


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Open Eyes


Where is the future?
Only in our minds.

What is the past?
Images and faith.

When is the present?
When we open our eyes.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Living in the Dark


Some blindness
is intentional.

If we don't
want to see,
we don't see.

This is how
we learn to live
in the dark.


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Seeing Clearly


Where I sit
determines
what I see.

If I know this,
I'll see clearly.

If I don't,
I'll only think
I see clearly.


Monday, June 15, 2015

Dangerous Way


The middle way
is the broad way,
yet few follow it.

It isn't the common way.
It isn't the obvious way.
It isn't the easy way.

It's the dangerous way
of kindness.
This is why it lies unused.


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Enough to Go Around


Flowering meadow.
Deep spring wood. 

In light of these,
what is wealth,
what is poverty?

Is there not enough
in Tao to go around?


Saturday, June 13, 2015

What Do I Use


What do I use
to separate myself
from others?

Where I live.
What I own.
Who I know.
What I wear. 

What do I use
to separate myself
from God?

What I believe.


Friday, June 12, 2015

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Four Pillars


The first pillar is for strength.
It keeps us open to the Way.

The second pillar is for wisdom.
It keeps us from wandering too far.

The third pillar is for passion.
It keeps us moving forward.

The fourth pillar is for trust.
It keeps us safe from fear.


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Freedom Road


When nothing else works,
call on the name of the Lord.

When God doesn't listen,
call on your family.

When your family says no,
call on your friends and neighbors.

When they all turn away,
call on your own spirit.

When even your spirit leaves,
accept the world as it is.

This is the path to freedom.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

No Need to Knock


Every spiritual door
leads deeper within.

No need to knock.
They're already open.


Monday, June 8, 2015

Built In


Whenever we're with others,
we create a community. 

It may not be a community
we want to be a part of,
but that doesn't matter.
Community is built into us.

Being in community teaches us
who we are and who we are not.

This is its greatest spiritual value.


Sunday, June 7, 2015

For the Children


What we cast out today will
become the fertilizer of tomorrow.

What our children's children
will grow from it is anybody's guess.

To live lightly on the earth is Tao.
To live mindlessly on the earth is not.


Saturday, June 6, 2015

Withered


Violence serves
only violence.
It grows out of fear.

Banish fear and
violence withers.


Friday, June 5, 2015

First Step


I am asleep and unaware
of so much of who I am.

When I wake up to myself,
I wake up to the world around.

When compassion finally stirs,
I take the first step.


Thursday, June 4, 2015

Nation Builder


We can find ways
to cooperate with others,
or we can find reasons
to cut ourselves off from them.

One is the impulse
toward community.
The other is the impulse
toward fear.

Cooperation builds nations.
Fear tears them down again.


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Right Moment


Knowing when to act
and when not to act
is a gift of experience.

Knowing when 
the right moment
has finally arrived
is a gift of faith.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Dance


The battle isn't between
freedom and security.

The battle is always and forever
the dance between love and fear.


Monday, June 1, 2015

Resting Places


Wisdom rests in silence.
Silence rests in stillness.
Stillness rests in mystery.
Mystery rests in God.