Friday, September 22, 2017

Equinox fireworks,
saluting change of seasons.
early darkness falls.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Time of the Eleusinian mysteries

Plutarch who once wrote:
"because of those sacred and faithful promises given in the mysteries...we hold it firmly for an undoubted truth that our soul is incorruptible and immortal. Let us behave ourselves accordingly."

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Up before the sun,
faint sound of wild geese calling,
above cricket's song.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Hedge across the street-
Fall of snowy clematis
Now a fizz of frizz

Saturday, September 16, 2017

"Peregrinatio is also a unique type of pilgrimage many of the Celtic monks embarked upon, setting sail in a boat without rudder or oar, letting the currents of love carry them to the 'place of their resurrection.' It is a journey of trust and yielding."

Friday, September 15, 2017

"How do we enter into the space of disorientation and disintegration? The more we hold onto how we think things should be, the more suffering we will experience. When we are able to release our thoughts and expectations and enter into a reality much greater than us, the more we cultivate what the dark night comes to teach us."

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Hope and fear are both phantoms
that arise from thinking of the self.
When we don’t see the self as self,
what do we have to fear?
- Lao Tzu

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Breakfast enjoyed
In the fine company
Of morning glories.
- Basho

Monday, September 11, 2017

"[The Desert Mothers and Fathers] sought ‘hesychia’, which is the Greek word for stillness. It means more than silence or peacefulness. There is a sense in which the stillness is the deep, shimmering presence of the holy."

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Eternity has nothing to do with time. Time is what shuts you out from eternity. Eternity is now.
- Joseph Campbell

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

My own belief is that the universe exists as a miracle and that we have been born here to witness and celebrate. We wonder at our purpose for living. Our purpose is to perceive the fantastic. Why have a universe if there is no audience?
- Ray Bradbury

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The willingness to avail ourselves of the love, acceptance, and compassion Life offers us is how we learn to have love, acceptance, and compassion for others.
- Cheri Huber

Sunday, September 3, 2017

The tree stands golden
after days of gray and rain
the setting sun gilds.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

When Death Come

When death comes
like the hungry bear in autumn;
when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse
to buy me, and snaps the purse shut;
when death comes
like the measle-pox
when death comes
like an iceberg between the shoulder blades,
I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering:
what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness?
And therefore I look upon everything
as a brotherhood and a sisterhood,
and I look upon time as no more than an idea,
and I consider eternity as another possibility,
and I think of each life as a flower, as common
as a field daisy, and as singular,
and each name a comfortable music in the mouth,
tending, as all music does, toward silence,
and each body a lion of courage, and something
precious to the earth.
When it's over, I want to say all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
When it's over, I don't want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don't want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.
I don't want to end up simply having visited this world
— Mary Oliver, New and Selected Poems, Vol. 1

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

There is nothing extraordinary or mysterious about Zen. I raise my hand; I take a book from the other side of the desk; I hear the boys playing ball outside my window; I see the clouds blown away beyond the neighboring wood…. In all these I am practicing Zen, I am living Zen. No wordy discussion is necessary, nor any explanation. I do not know why, and there is no need of explaining, but when the sun rises the whole world dances with joy and everybody’s heart is filled with bliss. If Zen is at all conceivable, it must be taken hold of here.
― D.T. Suzuki


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