poetry

Story Water

This beautiful poem is by Jalāl ad-Dīn Mohammad Rumi From The Essential Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks A story is like waterthat you heat for your bath. It takes messages between the fireand your skin. It lets them meet,and it cleans you! Very few can sit downin the middle of the fire itselflike a salamander […]

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Stillness

Mind at large.

Each person is at each moment capable of remembering all that has ever happened to him and of perceiving everything that is happening everywhere in the universe. The function of the brain and nervous system is to protect us from being overwhelmed and confused by this mass of largely useless and irrelevant knowledge, by shutting […]

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Stillness

With this.

With this, be this fully; with that, be that fully. When sad, be completely sad; when happy, completely happy. Through and through, become the wave, become the ocean, become the cause and the effect. How can you not be? Guo Gu Passing Through the Gateless Barrier (Shambhala 2016)

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Journal

Heroes.

Every society needs heroes. And every society has them. The reason we don’t often see them is because we don’t bother to look. There are two kinds of heroes. Heroes who shine in the face of great adversity, who perform an amazing feat in a difficult situation. And heroes who live among us, who do […]

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Journal

What to Remember When Waking

In that first hardly noticed moment in which you wake,coming back to this life from the othermore secret, moveable and frighteningly honest worldwhere everything began,there is a small opening into the new daywhich closes the moment you begin your plans.What you can plan is too small for you to live.What you can live wholeheartedly will […]

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Stillness

Life as ritual.

In performing a ritual one has a role. Different people may perform the same ritual and each will do it slightly differently according to differences of body and mind, but the important thing is the rite itself. In order to give a competent performance of the rite one has to let body and mind fall […]

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Found objects

The Ride

The world is like a ride in an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it you think it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are. The ride goes up and down, around and around, it has thrills and chills, and it’s very brightly colored, and it’s very loud, and it’s fun […]

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