ALL PARALYZING PHOBIAS
THE SUSTAINING ONE ETERNAL MOMENT
THE SNAKE IS ONLY A STICK
of the shadow
I write to you
so I do not vanish
so the words reveal me
so you hear more than the void
the more patient and open
we are in our sadnesses,
the more deeply and unerringly
a new revelation can enter us,
and the more we can make it our own.
– when it manifests in our response
to another person –
we will feel it as belonging
to our innermost being.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Letters to a Young Poet
All Photos for today's OceanSpeak from: November 12, 2018BREATH OF ORIGINAL SILENCE "...Presence of the Unamable.." "...gentle Acuity of Presence." November 12, 2018
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It's difficult to know what to do with so much happiness.
With sadness, there's something to rub against.
A wound to tend with lotion and cloth.
When the world falls in around you,
you have pieces to pick up, something to hold
in your hands like ticket stubs or change.
It doesn't need you to hold it down.
Doesn't need anything.
Happiness lands on the roof of the next house singing
and disappears when it wants to.
Everything has a life of its own.
It, too, could wake up filled with possibilities of coffee cake
and ripe peaches and love even the floor which needs to be
swept, the soiled linens, and scratched records...
you shrug, your raise your hands, and it flows out of you into
everything you touch.
You're not responsible.
You take no credit.
but continues to hold it and to share it
and in that way, be known.
Naomi Shihab Nye
with thanks to
The Beauty We Love
Joy and Happiness etc. during such chaotic, disruptive,
apocalyptic times. I'm surprised as well that this has happened,
so just offering a bit of inspiration...
This doesn't mean that I am
untouched by the struggles and difficulties of others.
I also continue to have my "moments" as well...
There's a lot going on for all of us...
a "divine play" or Cosmic Dance. We find we can be
in the world, as it is, and not struggle with what is happening,
or try to "fix" it; but allow life to unfold as it does in its own rhythm;
not seeking "liberation" or freedom from the world, but living
Deep Quiet space within,
and let that show us
where we can contribute with mindful engagement,
not emotional, reactive chaos...
There is change.
Nothing is constant.
Where can one find
Security in this?
So why use so much energy
Attempting to do so?