heart-shaped spider web

Heart Space


heart-shaped spider web


I’ve never seen a spider web
with a heart space in the middle
of what a soul might desire
emptiness yet fullness
empty of preconceptions
empty of what (a separate existence)
clear of clutter
room for Divine
space to breathe


“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

—Psalm 51:10


“Listen, Shariputra,
Form is emptiness, emptiness is form.
Form is not other than emptiness;
Emptiness is not other than form.
The same is true with feelings, perceptions, mental formations and consciousness.”

—Buddha’s words, Heart Sutra, from Thich Nhat Hanh’s book “The Heart of Understanding”


“Empty yourself of everything;
Let your mind be at peace.
While ten thousand things rise and fall
the Self contemplates their return.
Each of them grows and flourishes and
then returns to the source.
To return to the source is stillness,
which is to fulfill the way of nature.
The way of nature is constant.
Knowing constancy is insight.”

—Lao Tzu – Tao Te Ching


“That I want thee, only thee — let my heart repeat without end. All desires that distract me, day and night, are false and empty to the core. As the night keeps hidden in its gloom the petition for light, even thus in the depth of my unconsciousness rings the cry — I want thee, only thee. As the storm still seeks its end in peace when it strikes against peace with all its might, even thus my rebellion strikes against thy love and still its cry is — I want thee, only thee.

–Tagore, “Gitanjali”


“The true contemplative is not one who prepares his mind for a particular message that he wants or expects to hear, but is one who remains empty because he knows that he can never expect to anticipate the words that will transform his darkness into light. He does not even anticipate a special kind of transformation. He does not demand light instead of darkness. He waits on the Word of God in silence, and, when he is “answered,” it is not so much by a word that bursts into his silence. It is by his silence itself, suddenly, inexplicably revealing itself to him as a word of great power, full of the voice of God.”

—Thomas Merton, “Dialogue with Silence”, ed. Jonathan Motaldo


I have made this into a blank greeting card on Etsy.