Light of Impermanence

 

[…There’s a way of training ourselves in order not to become the victim of fear and grief — that is to look deeply into ourselves and to see that we are made of non-self elements. And when we look around ourselves, we can recognize ourselves in the non-self elements, like a father looking at his children can see himself in his children, can see his continuation in his children. So he is not attached to the idea that his body is the only thing that is him. He’s more than his body. He is inside of his body but he is also at the same [time] outside of his body in many elements. And if we have the habit of looking like that, we will not be the victim of our attachment to one form of manifestation, and we will be free. And that freedom makes happiness and peace possible.”

-Thich Nhat Hanh

 




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Circle of Compassion

Water of compassion

Circle of Compassion
Of Caring and Sharing
Of Be-ing and Mindfulness and Presence
Of Listening and Singing and Dancing

One Flower
One Vision
One Light Expanding

Clarity bowl
Holding our visions
Holding our commitments
Holding our cares

Watering our flowerness
Watering our inner gardens
Nourishing water

(Compassion Circle at San Damiano Retreat led by Sr. Joyce Rupp)

 

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Stories from St. Francis and St. Clare

 

collage, leaf, St. Francis

“God calls all of you to take the path of the inner truth- and that means taking responsibility for everything that’s in you: for what pleases you and for what you’re ashamed of, for the rich person inside you and for the poor one. Francis of Assisi called this, “loving the leper within us.”  If you learn to love the poor one within you, you’ll discover that you have room to have compassion “outside” too, that there’s room in you for others, for those who are different from you, for the least among your brothers and sisters.”

– Richard Rohr, “Simplicity”

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Ancient Oak

 

ancientoak_web

held above by the heavens of infinity
rooted below by Mother Earth
this tree seems to be longing to unite both heaven and earth
like a bridge or conduit
in the state of be-long-ing
some parts of it wanting to touch the sky
and another part
wanting to return to its roots from which it came
love roots
and sky roots
both home
remembering from where it came

 

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Gate of Mindfulness

 

narrow gate?
kingdom of present moment
eternal now
ribbons like mindfulness bells
reminders to celebrate each moment
to choose happiness
to align with love

reminders to be like a child (to enter the kingdom of heaven)
they live in the present moment

what opens the gate?
love, gratitude, being present, innocence

 

 




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