Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Lynx: Wild Wanderer

It is said that the lynx, the beautiful wild cat of the vast northern boreal forest, may wander its entire life, never retracing its steps.

I find this example from nature to be a wonderful model of impermanence. Love is the ultimate wanderer, ever new yet always at home in the land that sustains it.

Let your mind be transported to the silent snowy lands of the lynx, and consider that our own spirits have a similar nature. Think of the marvels that the lynx eyes every day in its quiet refuge. What great natural wisdom it contains within...

Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Dharma of Equanimity

Until we actually love our enemies,
Our love of family and friends will be quite limited.

(Actually, one of the most stunning aspects of learning to love our enemies is that we realize that many of the negative thoughts and feelings that we project on our enemies also seep into our interactions with friends and family. At first, we may excuse these things when we become aware of them because we know we love those that are closest to us; we can't possibly be seeing our loved ones in such a negative light. But if we truly practice equanimity - seeing all with an even eye - we will come to the understanding that we have barely scratched the surface of truly practicing love.)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Blessing Call

Let us touch the light
We know shines behind the darkness between the stars.

And if not that
Then the light of the stars themselves

And if not that
Then the light of the sun in the bright day

And if not that
Then the light of the sun that glows on the moon

And if not that
Then the light of the fire around which we sing and sleep

And if not that
Then the glow of the fire on the faces of those with whom we sit

And if not that
Then the shine in the eyes of those at whom we gaze

And if not that
Then the darkness behind the glow
In the eyes of those whom we love

For in this darkness

We will touch the light
Which shines behind the darkness between the stars

         -excerpt from Sweet Unpleasant Realities.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Oceans and Seas

Every person has both a personal ocean of fear which they must master, and the collective one in which we are all forced to swim for at least a time. The two seas are connected. When we discover love, and abide in it, our personal ocean of time evaporates. This in turn diminishes the depths of the collective fearful abyss of all humanity.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Flip Sides of the Same Coin

It seems to me that mastery and acceptance are very closely related.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Spirit of Love

You might be able to scare the hell out of a person,
but you cannot scare the spirit of love into them.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Goals

There is a higher goal than enlightenment, and that is relationship.