Thursday, December 23, 2010

A BLESSING


It's my prayer for all of you, all of us during this season...and beyond. I hope you find rest and peace and contentment and a mindful quiet presence that will not fail in revealing to you that you belong and are already caught up in that circle where you belong.


FOR BELONGING

May you listen to your longing to be free.

May the frames of your belonging be generous
enough for your dreams.

May you arise each day with a voice of blessing
whispering in your heart.

May you find a harmony between your soul and
your life.

May the sanctuary of your soul never become
haunted.

May you know the eternal longing that lives at the
heart of time.

May there be kindness in your gaze when you look
within.

May you never place walls between the light and
yourself.

May you allow the wild beauty of the invisible world
to gather you, mind you, and embrace you in
belonging
.~~~John O'Donohue

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

TEAR DOWN THE WALLS

With no consideration, no pity, no shame
They've built walls all around me, thick and high
And now I sit here feeling hopeless
I can't think of anything else

This fate gnaws my mind
Because I had so much to do outside

When they were building the walls
How could I have not noticed
But I never heard the builders, not a sound
Imperceptibly they've closed me off from the outside world
.~~~C.P. Cavafy

"That's a devastatingly strong poem because it acknowledges and mirrors and recognizes something that has happened to all of us. Like there's no doubt about it through our complicity with other people's expectations or images of us, we've often allowed them to house us in completely. And Cavafy says so poignantly and each of us can say it about ourselves, when they were building the walls, how could I have not noticed? Of course it's a great moment of liberation when you are able to say that to yourself...about your political views, your values, your religious beliefs, your views of yourself. When you're able to say that, then you already have one foot on the springtime of new freedom and possibility." John O'Donohue

Friday, December 17, 2010

TRANSFORMATION

















When storm and struggle are pressing in
Lean into it instead of turning away
Let it change in you what is in need of change
We all carry around within us illusions
We are in need of letting go
Allow the work to transform you
Out of the soul's winter
Into the beauty of spring

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

SET IT FREE

I was going through some photos this afternoon and came upon a folder of 246 photos of May 25 earlier this year, as the daylight gave way to night. I remember taking well over 300 photos of the western sky that evening as the cloud formation changed the horizon from moment to moment until the sky went blue/black. I have some very cool shots from this year of the morning and evening sky but this sunset on this day takes the top spot for me. There was no way for me to predict from the way it began to emerge what it would in the end become. And if I could have somehow been the one drawing out the ending for the sky that day as I sat on that hillside I would have never dreamed this up.

And so is life if we are able to free it from our expectation and whiteknuckling it trying to paint the ending for ourselves.






Monday, December 13, 2010

THE SILENCE OF STONE


You have traveled too fast over false ground;
Now your soul has come to take you back.

Take refuge in your senses, open up
To all the small miracles you rushed through.

Become inclined to watch the way of rain
When it falls slow and free.

Imitate the habit of twilight,
Taking time to open the well of color
That fostered the brightness of day.

Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you
.~~~John O'Donohue

Saturday, December 11, 2010

REAL LIFE

Real life situations, real life struggles birthed out of the exercise of choice (yours and others) real life pain, real life trouble, real life scapegoating instead of owning up, etc etc etc...all created out of real life longing and real life emptiness that is the product of having been told to look for real life where it does not exist.

It's just interesting, this human activity of always thinking real life is out there somewhere or up ahead when in reality we already have all we need. We are already rich. It's all the time spent out there looking for something we already have that leaves us paupers.

When your thought world has been shrunken and tamed by the prevailing systems of the outer world and now can only play there within that soul diminishing world...you are left trying to squeeze life from something that has no life to give.

Monday, December 06, 2010

THE NATURAL ORDER IS NOT QUITE ORDERLY


For all the talk, busyness and noise that people insist hanging onto and are encouraged to hang onto, the real change we are in need of happens in a place more defined by silence, stillness, and solitude. We spend so much time in the external and neglect the internal. All of our mess continues to cycle on because we neglect what we are in need of. Beauty, and the order that exists in the Beautiful. It's an order that will not look like order at all to people caught up in the external world. Real change seems to only emerge out of in-between-out-of-balance-moments that have a way of sending us into seasons/places of aloneness where few understand what we are going through. I like to think of it as sacred silence where the voice of the Beautiful can be heard. It's a difficult place for most people to go because most find themselves surrounded by people who are afraid and are hanging on for dear life to the external life they have been handed and given charge to defend...and that's a life that is sadly journeyed through completely asleep to what the true order of things in all their wild beauty are really like.

Monday, November 29, 2010

SO WORTH THE EXTRA WORK

I spent some time tucking the containerized Japanese Maples away for the approaching winter this morning. I have about 20 more to go. Some would see the work too much to go through every fall. I couldn't disagree more in light of what they will bring to this garden again next spring. Here's a sample of that










































































Monday, November 22, 2010

THE NATURAL RHYTHMS OF GRACE

The song is Screendoor Music by Linford Detweiler of Over The Rhine. The photos are mine, taken in my garden this year beginning back in the spring.


Sunday, November 21, 2010

LITTER TURNED INTO ART

These leaves are just an example of the beauty left behind, the last sigh...from the many Japanese Maples that grace my garden.