SOOTHING REALITY OF TAO
SOUL PLEASING VIBRATIONS
Stop listening to trivia.
Stop taking offense.
From Tao Te Ching, Chapter 56
The stillest morning in the forest
is filled with rustles, chirps, and whispers.
The refrigerator drones in the quiet.
The fabric in my pants swishes against itself
as I walk up the hallway.
Life is not a quiet experience,
but the mind can be the still point
about which it all turns.
This still point cannot be found
through words, thoughts, or information.
It waits for all of these to fade away.
and spent the afternoon in considerable discomfort.
The dentist supplied me with a few codeine-laced pills that I decided to use.
They indeed helped ease the pain,
but the pain relief is not what makes them dangerously addictive.
My racing thoughts settled down and my mind became sweetly quiet,
like a still pond on a breezeless day.
but it is the stillness that would hook me.
The engine of my culture depends on the fuel of noisy minds.
That is the reason trivia, fear, and conflict fill every media source from entertainment to sports to politics.
I can’t depend on little white pills
so Lao-Tzu’s advice in chapter 56
becomes a foundation stone for my practice.
A Devastating Ally on the Path
The next time you feel abandoned, feel it fully.
Let it all the way in this time.
Not the story of abandonment,
but the raw sensations
that have been longing for your holding.
that is moving through you.
Don’t turn away, not this time.
For you need yourself now more than ever.
buried in her heart, her body,
and in the core of the emptiness.
There is gold there,
but it is hidden and requires new perception to unearth.
and to flood the feelings with the warmth of your presence,
you will discover that which has never been abandoned.
Take this one as your lover.
everything will break open,
revealing the erupting,
tender aliveness at the core.
will reveal its purity,
and clarify its role as a sacred,
though devastating ally on the path.