“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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“Breathing in, I know that I am alive. Breathing out, I smile to that aliveness.”
—Thich Nhat Hanh
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autumn reflecting pond
looking to see what is real, what isn’t, what is eternal
harvesting the gifts…
seeing the magic
letting go of what is no longer useful
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This is a collaborative Group Collage on the theme of transitions at my friend Christine’s birthday party.
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This is a digital photo collage inspired by Mother Nature and the wonder of the glass-art-making at Chihuly Exhibit at De Young Museum.
“Let yourself go, and let God be in you.”
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Yesterday, there was an autumn equinox ritual celebrated at the MA Center in San Ramon, California. Lakshmi Collins led us in body prayers invoking the Spirit and qualities of the four directions. We sang, meditated, walked the labyrinth, chanted for peace as we imagined soft white flower petals falling gently upon parts of the earth that need it most. We made the intention of letting go of what does not serve us anymore.
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I had been walking up this mountain for two consecutive days seeing a collection of white pieces of cement or stone on the path. It looked as if the pieces belonged to each other, but they were all broken apart. On the third day, I saw that some unknown person had re-arranged the stones into a shrine of a sort. It reminds me of what Thich Nhat Hanh says that we must be like organic gardeners, not throwing any of our unpleasant emotions or thoughts away, but work on transforming them. I put a red stone in the middle of this shrine of wholeness. It was one that my LivingTreeHeart sangha held at our last gathering after our meditation. I wanted to leave something of our sangha at Deer Park Monastery. I placed the red stone in the middle here for a moment.
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Today is the anniversary of what would be considered my birthday on earth. But Thich Nhat Hanh has me thinking about our eternal nature using an example of clouds:
Continue reading A Cloud Never Dies