Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Seven rivers flow through our lives.
First is the river of family.
Second is the river of discovery.
Third is the river of equals.
Fourth is the river of desire.
Fifth is the river of adversity.
Sixth is the river of grief.
Seventh is the river of wisdom.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
What does it matter that the earth isn't really flat after all? We still have to get up and feed ourselves every day.
Why does it matter whether the universe burst into being in a bang or at the word of God? We still have to raise our children and bury our dead.
Why does it matter whether God came to earth as a man or entered through the mind of a prophet? We still have to put our heads down at night and sleep before our next day of work.
Religious convictions don't relieve us of the rigors of daily life any more than the distractions of food, clothing, and shelter free us from the rigors of our own spiritual path.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Why is it so hard to see
the the source, the intent
from which all of this arises?
Is it because
there's so much pain
and suffering among us?
what kind of deity would make
us to go through such things?
No deity created pain.
Pain is a natural part
of our separateness.
It comes from being
All pain dissolves
in the timeless One.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
The Bible tells us we are created in God's image.
If this is so, it isn't because we wear white robes and scowl and have long hair.
It is because we are willing to forgive even when no apology is offered.
It is because we strive for fairness even where there is no hope of justice.
It is because we act compassionately even when we have every reason not to.
It is because we create everything from poems to salad dressings just because we can.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Jesus said the greatest commandment of the law is to love the Divine with everything we are.
But he didn't stop there. He said there's a second one like the first, and that is to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.
But he didn't stop there, either. He added one more thing. All of the law and the prophets hang on these two.
To love your oneness and to love your separateness. When these are in balance, there is no need for laws or prophets or saviors.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
How many white flowers have I smelled?
How many red berries have I stripped off their branch?
How many orange leaves have I watched fall?
How many yellow jackets have I ignored?
How many green rivers have I churned into foam?
How many blue birds have I listened to?
How many purple hills have I crossed?
How many black nights have I wasted in fear?
Monday, April 19, 2010
When I open a space for the Divine,
the universe opens a space for me.
When I close my eyes to what is,
I close my life to what can be.
The answer to every question I ask
is already in the palm of my hand.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
We come into the world not knowing we are separate from everything and everyone around us.
We grow into our separateness as if putting on new clothes. We discover we are not only separate but also one of a kind.
It can take a lifetime to discover that underneath our clothes, underneath our skin, underneath our uniqueness, underneath our separate being, there is no separateness.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
When you try to help me by telling me the truth as you know it, what do I do if your truth runs counter to my own experience?
Do I follow your advice even though it doesn't make sense to me? Or do I follow the guiding hand of my own past?
Sometimes your answer is the better choice. Sometimes it isn't. Either way, the decision is mine to make. Our mutual hope should be that I can see beyond our egos to the right one.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
My experience of life is really all I have to go on in living my life. I cannot know the world as you experience it. You cannot know the world as I experience it. We can compare notes, but that's it.
Comparing notes is enough.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
If dying is a natural part of living,
why does it hurt so much to lose
someone dear? Why so much pain?
Is it because I'm selfish
and don't want to be deprived
of the dying one's presence?
Or is it because I don't want
to be reminded of my own end?
The fear of letting go of myself.
The mystery I still cannot understand
is this. How is it that we gain ourselves
by letting go of who we think we are?
Friday, April 2, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Why so many white flowers?
Why so many yellow flowers?
Why so many red flowers and blue flowers?
Why so many purple flowers and orange flowers?
Why so many flowers at all?
Why flowers in the first place?
Why all the different shapes and sizes?
Why all the different smells?
Why all the different leaves and roots?
Why all the different seeds and fruits?
Then again, why not?