Green Candle of Truth

 

green candle of truth

iris bud reminds me of a candle
a light
a ~truth~
that the body will perish at some point
but few like to think about this
the awareness burns more brightly as one ages
as the iris of the eye opens
birth and death come as a pair
dying to certain things means birthing something new
fully living allows one to die well
the iris has to die to the bud
in order to bloom
the bloom has to die
to create seeds
so new life is possible
so it may continue in some way again
but the iris doesn’t seem to have any worries or fears
about each stage
it just seems to live happily
in whatever stage it happens to be
letting each stage unfold naturally

 

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Focus Word: Mercy

 

by looking deeply
into our sorrows and challenges
as a witness, as from above
it is possible
to transform our weaknesses into strengths
our wounds into jewels
by God’s grace
by God’s mercy
through Holy Spirit
Insight

 

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Until I am Utterly Transparent

 

...until i am utterly transparent...

“Let me know that you are always present,
in every atom of my life.
Let me keep surrendering my self
until I am utterly transparent.
Let my words be rooted in honesty
and my thoughts be lost in your light,
Unnamable God, my essence,
my origin, my life-blood, my home.”

—Psalm  19, from A Book of Psalms, Selected & Adapted from the Hebrew by    Stephen Mitchell




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Soft and Forgiving

“Life is remembrance in forgetfulness.  Forgive what ought to be forgiven: forget what ought to be forgotten.  Let us embrace life with renewed vigor.”

—Amma

 

“In order to complete your relationship with the past, you need to express forgiveness and appreciation to those who have given you a boost, even if they also wounded you.  …  When you hold tightly to old anger and withhold your expressions of appreciation, you have no breathing space, no room for positive energy to flow through you.  The moment you forgive and say, “Thank you,” a relief flows through you, bringing fresh energy that propels you forward.  Incompletions have a stronger grip on us than most people realize.  They make us drive through life looking at the road only through the rearview mirror.  A real transformation occurs when you shift your vision to look through the windshield.  Co-committed relationships can exist only between people who see each other for who they are, not distorted through the filters of past incompletions.”

—Guy & Katherine Hendricks, Conscious Loving




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A Kind of Resurrection

life cycles
seasons of life
winter death
spring new life
may our loved ones who have passed on
blossom into happy peaceful lives again

in thanksgiving
in celebration
for their contributions to our lives
may their lights burn brightly in our souls
honored in our thoughts and actions
always

in honor of Aunt Yvonne

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“Earth brings us into life
And nourishes us.
Earth takes us back again.
Birth and death are present in every moment.”

—Thich Nhat Hanh




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Be True to Yourself

 

be true to yourself

“A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose. It doesn’t have to. It is different. And there’s room in the garden for every flower. You didn’t have to struggle to make your face different than anyone else’s on earth. It just is. You are unique because you were created that way. Look at little children in kindergarten. They’re all different without trying to be. As long as they’re unselfconsciously being themselves, they can’t help but shine. It’s only later, when children are taught to compete, to strive to be better than others, that their natural light becomes distorted.”

― Marianne Williamson




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