Thursday, March 31, 2016

a real whole human being


am i just seeing what i want to see
or am I actually seeing what's really there ?

in the idealistic sea, not one form is perfect !
be strong and shine through the mind clearly
do not push and pull
rather, be
as you silently watch
all these creations of fantasy, illusions & projections
how they rise and fall
like your breath, here and now

deal with what is real
is YOU
YOUR WORLD
always changing, shifting
while remaining steady & whole .



Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Bernie Sanders 'put a bird on it' at Portland rally

Could not resist publishing this photo from the 2016 presidential races.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders smiles as a bird lands on his podium when he addresses the crowd during a rally at the Moda Center in Portland, Ore., Friday.


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Wash Yourself



There’s no need to go outside.
Be melting snow.
Wash yourself of yourself.*

Rumi

*Translated by Coleman Barks

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Tyranny of Clocks and Timers


We are ruled by clocks and timers. For example, you may meditate to become more present to life, but quite likely using a timer - thereby adding up minutes per day or per session by starting on the bell and stopping on the bell. A timer or clock tells how long. This is not the nature's way.  Instead, feel the way into "natural being" without clocks or timers. Using our internal senses of time and the relationships to the living cycles of day and night. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Future is Unknown


The future is unknown. We estimate what is possible. Our times demand social and technological change. Let love take over. Minimize the use of machines to do our walking. Let "Social status" drop away and replace by love. We can't change the world overnight, but can start from where we are. Kindness matters. A gentle word would allows for a great flowering of philosophy, art, care for self, compassion for others. Beyond that, care for all living things and the earth.

Monday, March 21, 2016

True Wealth


True wealth is more than money. It is being fully alive here and now. To become more present is key. Money by itself is a form of death. It's abundant life that is true wealth. Make no mistake. Our society forgets this and encourages money making at the expense of Life. A case of mistaken identity.  

Sunday, March 20, 2016

turn around


                turn around and turn again
                spin spin spin
                like the earth keeping time
                to the songs of the cosmos

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Disease of Complexity

We suffer from complexity in our current world. 
Economic growth drives the world. 
Instead, enjoy just "being".

Saturday, March 12, 2016

It is Amazing!


[the song link:] It's Amazing, by Jem

'Do it now

You know who you are

You feel it in your heart
And you are burning and wishing
.....
You're gonna have to work for it harder and harder
Nothing can compare to deserving your dream

It's amazing, all that you can do

It's amazing, makes my heart sing
Now it's up to you

Don't be embarrassed, don't be afraid

Too many dreams slip away
It's your determination and using your gift
Everybody has a gift

........
Never give up, never let it die

Trust your instincts and most importantly
You've got nothing to lose
So just go for it

It's amazing, it's amazing, all that you can do

It's amazing, makes my heart sing
Now it's up to you'


Friday, March 11, 2016

Forget Past


~ ~ ~
Forget the past,
change our habits.
Today begin again
as if the First Day.
~ ~ ~

Monday, March 07, 2016

Bliss


When I was young and a graduate student in philosophy, I started pursuing bliss. That was good and bad. The distraction of the pursuit of bliss became all consuming; driving me toward experiences of great pleasure and pain with little peace of mind. I grew older and wiser, discovering that being alive was already enough. Gradually settling down to the such-ness of existence itself. Be humble. It's a big world out there - we are little in comparison.

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Practice Being Present


Today: Let's practice one pointed stillness for 11 minutes this afternoon wherever we are. Find a quiet spot. Tell those around you that you are doing a meditation or stillness break. Let them join with you if they wish. Being here now is profound. By remaining present as we move through our day, our world becomes more coherent and miraculous. With training and practice, we become progressively more present to daily life. Indeed, life more abundant.