All photos for sunrise below from a series of OceanSpeaks re:
this date 1/28/15... five years ago... is titled
WOMB WISDOM-BLACK LIGHT
ORIGINAL SILENCE SUFFICETH
ALL ELSE IS TRAGIC, LIFE-SNUFFING CACOPHONY
(INCLUDING THIS JUDGMENT OF THE MINDING-MIND)
NAKED GRACE BREATH KEEPS ONE HOME
but I stopped asking books and the stars.
I started listening to the teaching of my soul.
in this rested place
rest for you.
Let the birds sing
and the geese call
and the sky race
from west to east
when you cannot raise
a wing to fly.
trace your loss
in the stonework
of a fading sky.
you can give up
and give in
and be given back to.
come and live
fully inside you,
the loving path
that brought you here.
and be alone
so you can let
to be lost,
so you can
let the one
you have lost
you can let
you have lost
who has ever lived
and ever died
can come and go
as they please.
not know, what
you can be
even more generous
in your letting go
in their leaving.
let winter be winter.
the world alone
to think of spring.
We hear people speak of having a 'bucket list',
a list of experiences or things they feel
are so important they must do them
or have them before they die.
gave a homily on this subject.
He spoke of what it is like to talk to people
lives are nearing the end,
how they express that feeling of incompleteness.
He said he also feels it,
that their lives need some completion,
one more good deed,
more confession to their brother or sister,
in order to come to a peaceful end.
makes the point that our life, like a river,
does not come to an end
but rather flows into the greater sea.
that we must be 'enlightened' or in the unitive state,
if not the ‘no-self’, before the end.
flowing inevitably to the sea,
coming from God and returning to It.
Remembering our beginning and our ending
is good preparation for that return.
who have reached their ‘senior years’,
I would like to recommend another book by
Father Ron Rolheiser;
this one is called The Sacred Fire.
the 3 stages of adult life,
first: the struggle to get our lives together,
second: the struggle to give our lives away, and
third: the final stage,
the struggle to
give our death away.
after a life of activity, then comes the opportunity to learn passivity, as in the “Passion of Jesus Christ”
– remembering that the word ‘passion’
comes from the Latin ‘passio’,
There are deep ideas in this book
if you are ready to hear them
and need to hear them.
the idea is to become very conscious of ego
and how it works.
Only by getting to know ego intimately
will it lose its power to keep us spinning.
and rest in the middle of it all,
not trying to fix or alter anything.
we can practice just being there
with as much ease, curiosity,
and openness as possible.
all this activity of our minds-
doing nothing with it
beyond simply noticing.
is to learn how to let go,
relax, take a chance, wait and see,
and never sum ourselves up.