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
and sky roots
remembering from where it came
Continue reading Ancient Oak
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.”
The way is full of genuine sacrifice.
The thickets blocking the path are anything
that keeps you from that, any fear
that you may be broken to bits like a glass bottle.
This road demands courage and stamina,
yet it’s full of footprints! Who ARE
these companions? They are rungs
in your ladder. Use them!
With company you quicken your ascent.
Continue reading Of Being Woven
“Don’t go away, come near.
Don’t be faithless, be faithful.
Find the antidote in the venom.
Come to the root of the root of yourself.”
—Mevlâna Jalâluddîn Rumi, from “Love is a Stranger”, translated by Kabir Helminsky
Continue reading Come Near My Shadow
This is a digital collage of a pelican, some autumn leaves and colored glass.
“Birdsong brings relief to my longing. I am just as ecstatic as they are, but with nothing to say! Please, universal soul, practice some song, or something through me!”
– Rumi, “Birdsong”, translated by Coleman Barks
Continue reading Autumn Song, Birdsong, A Call to Unity
on same line
light in the darkness
darkness in the light
“Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was often times filled with your tears. And how else can it be?”
Continue reading Grace
“You are quaffing drink from a hundred fountains: whenever any of these hundred yields less, your pleasure is diminished. But when the sublime fountain gushes from within you, no longer need you steal from the other fountains.”
Continue reading Bubbling Joy
“Love is the rose that lends a pure fragrance to life.”
—Amma, “Lead Us to Purity”, p. 138
Continue reading Love Is Fragrant
“Be thirsty heart,
seek forever without a rest.
Let this soundless longing
hidden deep inside you
be the source
of every word you say.
The time has come to turn your heart
into a temple of fire.
Your essence is gold hidden in dust.
To reveal its splendor
you need to burn in the fire of love.”
–Rumi, quatrains 1010, 1116, Kolin and Mofi translation