We can open to life — just as it is, in this moment — through the loving presence of mindful awareness. These lines reflect our weekly class explorations in body/mind, heart and spirit.
Everything You Do Is Sacred (Hafiz) Now is the time to know That all that you do is sacred. Now is the time to understand That all your ideas of right and wrong Were just a child’s training wheels To be laid aside When you can finally live With veracity And love. …Now is the time for the world to know That every thought and action is sacred. This is the time For you to deeply compute the impossibility That there is anything But Grace. Now is the season to know That everything you do Is sacred.
Birthright (Danna Faulds)
Despite illness of body or mind,
in spite of blinding despair or habitual belief,
who you are is whole.
Let nothing keep you separate from the truth.
The soul, illumined from within,
longs to be known for what it is.
Undying, untouched by fire or the storms of life,
there is a place inside
where stillness and abiding peace reside.
You can ride the breath to go there.
Despite doubt or hopeless turns of mind,
you are not broken.
Spirit surrounds, embraces, fills you from the inside out.
Release everything that isn’t your true nature.
What’s left, the fullness, light and shadow,
claim all that as your birthright.
Praying (Mary Oliver) It doesn’t have to be the blue iris, it could be weeds in a vacant lot, or a few small stones; just pay attention, then patch a few words together and don’t try to make them elaborate, this isn’t a contest but the doorway into thanks, and a silence in which another voice may speak.
Old Souls (Nikita Gill) There is a beautiful thing inside you That is thousands of years old. Too old to be captured in poems. Too old to be loved by everyone But loved so very deeply By a chosen few.