Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Autumn Leaves

It is said that sometimes the only thing left to do in a horrible situation is to laugh to stop yourself from crying. Yet, there are times where we laugh so hard that we begin to cry. What a paradox; the marriage of sorrow and joy.

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Begging Bowl










The Begging Bowl was clean;
So the Busy People
Glimpsed their Sweet Reflections
As their Coins Dropped in,
And they Rushed on, Out-of-Sight.

But the Blind Beggar,
His Dark Eyes Shining Bright
Out from his Life-Long Night;
With his Grief-Softened Heart Open Wide,
Basking in Delight
“Saw” only their Sweet Light.

Which begs-the-question:
Which One is the Beggar?


                                  Diane (Nov. 2012)

What Is Consciousness?

Proceedings of the Consciousness Study Group. Recorded on Oct. 10, 2012, shortly after Meditation class. Seven of us present.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Twenty/Twenty

There are many times when our actions don't reflect our intentions. When they negatively affect others it can feel like someone else has enacted them. So, who is this dark figure? The one who causes negativity. Is there a light figure who creates the positive?

It is like being thrown into the book, "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." The same person who has two identities: the light Dr. Jekyll and the wicked Mr. Hyde. There are some events where you feel like Hyde, others where you feel like Jekyll. While it seems these two are playing out their own lives, it always returns to a single choice. Sometimes choices are reactions and there isn't enough time to choose what we believe to be as best but regardless we are not born split into two pieces. There are choices which bring light and others which cast darkness. It is the ability to see our actions and their consequences which illustrate that we are complete. It's only through Hyde's eye that we can see Jekyll at all. Our choice is then picking what we want to nurture. Thank Mr. Hyde as much as you do Dr. Jekyll; it takes both eyes to see the full picture.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sweet Somethings


We whispered
sweet somethings
in each others'
ears,
For the “nothing”
of love
is all that lasts
through the years.

And even love
that is "lost"
has more “something”,
than a fortune
handed down
through generations
of the citizens
“of substance”.

Though unlike
the parable
of the camel
and the needle,
I know there are
many of those
“fortunate”,
who would toss
all their jewels
away just to hear,
love’s
“sweet nothings’ ”
warm breath
on their ear.

For Love
is always
God,
no matter
whose heart
has sent it.

And Love
is always
the heart’s
inhabitant,
no matter how life
has bent it.

          Diane Shavelson (October 2012)


Updates

By changing the resolution on our computer screen the image we see becomes clearer. How is this any different from life? By changing ourselves, we change our perceptions and are able to see life more clearly. Isn't time we upgrade our operating systems?

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Fluorescent Bulbs

Have you noticed that after going for a walk outside you tend to feel better? I'm going outside to 'get my head on straight.' Stop your head from spinning; go breathe in the fog or the rain or the sun. You can find stillness in the thickest of fog.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Attic

It's natural to feel alone. It's something we all share, together.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Soldier On

Who wants to know

All that is gold is rustingNo one will knowWhen seasons cease to change and:
How far we've goneHow far we're goingIt's the here and the nowAnd the love for the soundOf the moments that keep us moving

Waves crash alongThe battered, lonely lighthouseTomorrow she's goneAnd if not, someday somehow
Are these hands a waste?
Well this side of mortality isScaring me to deathTo death

Don't think about it at allJust keep your head lowAnd don't think about it all

Soldier on, soldier onKeep your heart close to the groundSoldier on, soldier on, keep your heartClose to the ground

Don't think about it allJust keep your head lowDon't think about itAt all

Soldier onSoldier onKeep your heartClose to the ground