“It is said that if you give a swan a mixture of milk and water, it can extract just the milk from it. View everything with a broad mind. Take only what is good. Lead your life with an awareness of what is transient and what is eternal.”
—Amma, “Eternal Wisdom”, p. 152-153
“Just breathe. You are here, body and mind. Breathe light into the lamp of awareness”
—Thich Nhat Hanh from “You Are Here”
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Golden Light of Awareness
Reflecting the One in every
And the every in One
Like the Kingdom of God
Here and now
This being human is a guest house
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.”
“To know when you have enough is to be rich beyond measure.”
– Lao Tzu
Continue reading We Already Have Enough
found a “nest” at the beach.
decided to digitally collage a lamb from a Christmas nativity scene
the lamb keeping vigil with Baby Jesus
as the center “pearl” reminded me of the Christ child
and our heart’s inner nest
of our vital breath
reminded me to watch what takes away from life
from the present moment
to notice the distractions that
take away from life’s goals
the frame of the present moment
is free from worries,
a place where your heart is undivided
and free to live life fully in all its richness and glory
a place of stillness, as the mind
stops running into the past and future
a place of growing wisdom,
as mindfulness and breath awareness is practiced
a place of healing,
a final destination for your burdens of the past
it is your kingdom, queendom,
a place where the powers of
love, peace, beauty and understanding reign
a place where you can breathe with ease and be nourished
it is a gift for you every moment
Continue reading Inner Sovereingty, Knowing How to Live Alone