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Nov 27, 2017 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Many of us have set out on the path of enlightenment. We long for a release of selfhood in some kind of mystical union with all things. But that moment of epiphany—when we finally see the whole pattern and sense our place in the cosmic web—can be a crushing experience from which we never fully recover.

Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. You can not turn away. Your destiny is bound to the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors.

To seek enlightenment is to seek annihilation, rebirth, and the taking up of burdens. You must come prepared to touch and be touched by each and every thing in heaven and hell.

-Andrew Boyd

Nov 15, 2017 - Uncategorized    No Comments

These spiritual window-shoppers

These spiritual window-shoppers

by Rumi

These spiritual window-shoppers
These spiritual window-shoppers,
who idly ask, ‘How much is that?’ Oh, I’m just looking.
They handle a hundred items and put them down,
shadows with no capital.

What is spent is love and two eyes wet with weeping.
But these walk into a shop,
and their whole lives pass suddenly in that moment,
in that shop.

Where did you go? “Nowhere.”
What did you have to eat? “Nothing much.”

Even if you don’t know what you want,
buy something, to be part of the exchanging flow.

Start a huge, foolish project,
like Noah.

It makes absolutely no difference
what people think of you.

Nov 7, 2017 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Afternoon meanders into evening

Afternoon meanders into evening

The murmur of a family preparing dinner next door

The waves of the freeway crashing

My heart bursts with something

Not quite joy

Not quite melancholy

A twisted, mournful thing, but cherished

A disfigured bird stretching out to fly

A woman laughing through an apartment wall

The last bite of delicious cake

A child, alone in a room, listening to the rain

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