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Nature Remains

April 17, 2018

After you have exhausted

what there is in business, politics,

conviviality, love, and so on;

and have found that none of these

finally satisfy, or permanently wear,

what remains?

Nature remains.

~Walt Whitman

(1819 to 1892, American Poet)

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Walk the Path

April 16, 2018

It is essential

at the beginning

of a spiritual practice

to acknowledge that the path

is personal and intimate.

It is no good to examine it

from a distance

as if it were someone else’s.

You must walk it

for yourself.

~Robert Aitken

(1917 to 2010, American Zen Buddhist Teacher)

Transform

April 15, 2018

Cultivate generosity.

Delight in giving.

Learn to live lightly.

In this way,

we can begin to transform

what is negative

into what is positive.

~Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

(1944-present, Buddhist nun, author, teacher)

Inner Light

April 14, 2018

As we enter the inner sanctum

of our hearts,

we find that there is

Light within us.

That Light

is the Light of the Creator.

The realization dawns on us

that the same Light

that is within us

is in all other human beings.

We start to recognize that Light

within others.

Then the outer differences

that separate us start to dissolve.

We no longer see a person’s hair color,

eye color, or skin color.

We no longer see

the way people dress or speak.

Instead we see one Light

expressed by many different outer coverings,

each beautiful in its own way.

~Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj

(1946 to pres., Author, Scientist, Mystic,

Leader of Science of Spirituality and

International Movements for World Peace)

Ode to Dirt

April 13, 2018

Dear dirt, I am sorry I slighted you,

I thought that you were only the background

for the leading characters—the plants

and animals and human animals.

It’s as if I had loved only the stars

and not the sky which gave them space

in which to shine. Subtle, various,

sensitive, you are the skin of our terrain,

you’re our democracy. When I understood

I had never honored you as a living

equal, I was ashamed of myself,

as if I had not recognized

a character who looked so different from me,

but now I can see us all, made of the

same basic materials—

cousins of that first exploding from nothing—

in our intricate equation together. O dirt,

help us find ways to serve your life,

you who have brought us forth, and fed us,

and who at the end will take us in

and rotate with us, and wobble, and orbit.

~Sharon Olds

(1942 to pres., American Poet)

Spiritual Practice

April 12, 2018

Spiritual practice

is not about getting something

we don’t have.

It’s about removing

what is not true

so that truth

can be seen.

~Paul Ferrini

(Psychologist, minister, author)

Life and Reality

April 11, 2018

Life and reality

are not things you can have

for yourself

unless you accord them

to all others.

~Alan Watts

(1915-1973, British Zen Buddhist Teacher)