" Each beautiful thing, a flower, the song of a bird, awakens in our soul the memory of our origin.
Learn how to listen to the voice of beautiful things,
to make us understand the voice of our soul."
 

Mevlevi Dervishes

•••

I paraphrase Eckhart Tolle:
"Earth, 114 million years ago, one morning, just after sunrise: The first flower ever to appear on the planet opens up to receive the rays of the sun...and suddenly there would have been an explosion of color and scent all over the planet-if a perceiving consciousness had been there to witness....The first recognition of beauty was one of the most significant events in the evolution of human consciousness."


•••

"We must make room in oneself for the immensity of the Universe"


Teachers of South American Indians



I slip in and out of the Sea at night with this
Amazed soul I have.

Follow my tracks in the sand that lead
Beyond thought and space,

Join me with your hands, wings, hoofs of fins
In my sublime applause.

Join me in the pure atmosphere of gratitude
For life.

I slip in and out of the Moon each night
With a gracious ease
With the brilliant heart I have.


Hafiz.

•••

" Love is an infinite Sea whose skies are a bubble of foam.
Know that it is the waves of Love that  turn the wheels of Heaven,
Without Love, nothing in the world would have life.
How is an inorganic thing transformed into a plant?
How are plants sacrificed to become rich with spirit?
How is spirit sacrificed to become Breath,
One scent is potent enough to make Mary pregnant?
Every single atom is drunk on this Perfection and runs towards It
And what does this running secretly say but " Glory be to God."

 
Rumi   (Andrew Harvey "Light upon Light").

•••

" The reality of our own existence can be validated only in the context
of honoring the larger communication that the natural world offers us
in terms of wonder for the mind, beauty for the imagination and intimacy for emotions"

 
Thomas Berry


•••

"The little prince crossed the desert and met with only oneflower"

A flower with three petals

•••

‘Where are the men?’ the little prince asked, politely.

Men? She echoed. ‘ I think there are six or seven of them in existence.
I saw them, several years ago. But one never knows where to find them. The wind blows them away. They have no roots, and that makes life very difficult.’.. "

Antoine De Saint-Exupery


•••

" ..Can you find another market like this?

Where ,

with one rose you can buy hundreds of rose gardens.

Where ,

for one seed you get a whole wilderness?

For one weak breath,

the divine wind?...."

Rumi

•••

LOVE LETTER TO THE MILKY WAY

I want to tell you about love

There are approximately 1 trillion galaxies

I want to tell you about

In the Milky Way there are about 100 billion stars

I want to tell you

Love is the breath of the cosmos

I want to write a love letter to the Milky Way

Everything is an expression of the galaxy

My 30 trillion cells

The four noble truths

The eight - fold path

The five precepts

The seven energy centers of the body

Everything is the Milky Way

Including my lover,

and every kiss

of every lover that’s ever

loved

•••

Your skin

the texture of the cosmos

the religion beyond religion

I want to know you like the wind knows the canyon

or the rain knows the rivulets

Lightening is continuously striking in 100 places every moment

The universe spills through our dreams

The future belongs to the most compelling story

Even the word "love"

is not adequate to define

the force that wove

the fabric of

space-time

If we could sense everything at once

like Krishna entering with all the memory of his past

incarnations

then I could tell you about love.

Drew Dellinger

•••

CHILDREN MEDITATION 

May all beings of all kinds,

in all directions

be happy and in peace.

Above and below,

Near and far,

High and low.

All types of beings.

Humans and non-humans.

Seen and unseen.

All the animals, birds, and fishes.

All beings and creatures,

With no exceptions.

May they be happy.

May they be free.

I open my heart

and accept the loving-kindness

of every being and creature

in return.

I let that love into my heart.

And I share the benefits of this

meditation with every one

Gregory Kramer

•••

" There are hundreds of thousands of stems linking us

to everything in the cosmos,

supporting us and making it possible for us to be.

Do you see the link

between you and me?

If you are not there, I am not there, "  

Thich Nhat Han

•••

“Every being exists in intimate relation with other beings and in constant exchange of gifts with each other. But this relationship is beyond pragmatic use. It is rather a mutual sharing of existence in the grand venture of the universe itself.”  

Thomas Berry

•••


“SINGLE- CELLED ELEGANCE

Successful microbes mutate
They see an evolutionary need,
become the seed that spawns a
different being. They seize
chance opportunities, try new
paths, have no fear of changing
appearances. These single cells
hold the keys to transformation.
They equate stagnation with death
and see that the releasing form is the
only way to enter into essence.”

Danna Faulds

•••

TICKLED

This moment is a rosebud,
and I am at the center of the bloom.
Petals open one by one until I am in full sun,
tickled by the tongues of  butterflies. 

Danna Faulds

•••

" In the ever-changing presence of water
In the inspiring presence of air
In the transformative presence of fire
in the nourishing presence of earth
In the unifying presence of ether
May all beings know their divinity." 

Russell  Comstock

•••

BEAUTY

How did the Rose
Ever open its heart
And give to this world
All its beauty?

It felt the encouragement  of light
Against its Being.
Otherwise, we all remain
too freightened.

Hafiz, It felt Love

•••

“ Every one of us can do something to protect and for our planet.
We have to live in such a way that  a future will be possible for our children and grandchildren.
Our own life has to be our message.

” Thich Nhat Hanh (from his new book: The World We Have).

•••

IMPERMANENCE MAKES EVERYTHING POSSIBLE
(as Fall sets in and the New Jewish New year just started)

We are often sad and suffer a lot when things change, but change and impermanence have a positive side. Thanks to impermanence, everything is possible. Life itself is possible.  If a grain of corn is not impermanent, it can never be transformed into a stalk of corn. If the stalk were not impermanent, it could never provide us with the ear of corn we eat. If your daughter is not impermanent , she cannot grow up to become a women.

Impermanence should also be understood in the light of inter-being. Because all things inter-are, they are constantly influencing one another. It is said that  butterfly’s wings flapping on one side of the planet can affect the weather on the other side.  Things cannot stay the same because they are influenced by everything else, everything that is not itself.

Thich Nath Hanh

•••

INTERBEING

The sun has entered me.
The sun has entered me together with the cloud and the river.
I myself have entered the river,
and I have entered the sun
with the cloud and the river.
There has not been a moment
When we do not interpenetrate.

But before the sun entered me,
The sun was in me-
also the cloud and then river,
I was already I it.
There has not been a moment
When we have not inter-been.

Therefore you know
That as long as you continue to breathe,
I continue to be in you.

Thich Naht Hanh

•••

Join me in the pure Atmosphere

I slip in and out of the Sea at night with this
Amazed soul I have.

Follow my tracks in the sand that lead
Beyond thought and space,

Join me with your hands, wings, hoofs of fins
In my sublime applause.

Join me in the pure atmosphere of gratitude
For life.

I slip in and out of the Moon each night
With a gracious ease
With the brilliant heart I have.

Hafiz.

•••

Keeping Quiet
Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still.

This one time upon the earth,
let's not speak any language,
let's stop for one second,
and not move our arms so much.

It would be a delicious moment,
without hurry, without locomotives,
all of us would be together
in a sudden uneasiness.

The fishermen in the cold sea
would do no harm to the whales
and the peasant gathering salt
would look at his torn hands.

Those who prepare green wars,
wars of gas, wars of fire,
victories without survivors,
would put on clean clothing
and would walk alongside their brothers
in the shade, without doing a thing.

What I want shouldn't be confused
with final inactivity:
life alone is what matters,
I want nothing to do with death.

If we weren't unanimous
about keeping our lives so much in motion,

if we could do nothing for once,
perhaps a great silence would
interrupt this sadness,
this never understanding ourselves
and threatening ourselves with death,
perhaps the earth is teaching us
when everything seems to be dead
and then everything is alive.

Now I will count to twelve
and you keep quiet and I'll go

Pablo Neruda

•••

From Full Woman, Fleshly Apple, Hot Moon
Translated by Stephen Mitchell

Last night
the rain
spoke to me
slowly, saying,

what joy
to come falling
out of a brisk cloud,
to be happy again

in a new way
on the earth
that what is said
as it dropped,

smelling of iron,
and vanished
like a dream of the ocean
into the branches
and the grass below.
Then it was over.

The sky cleared

I was standing
under a tree.

and there were stars in the sky
that were also themselves
at the moment

at which moment

my right hand
was holding my left hand
which was holding the tree
which was filled with stars

and the soft rain—
imagine! Imagine!
the long and wondrous journeys
still to be ours.                                  

Mary Oliver (What Do We Know)

•••

"Listening to
the bell, 
the wind,
then water,
the insects,
and all living things
is part of our practice.

When we know how to listen deeply
and how to breathe deeply
in mindfulness,
everything becomes
clear and deep."

Thich Nhat Hanh

•••

And who will care, who will chide you if you wander away
from wherever you are, to look for your soul?

Quickly then get up, put on your coat, leave your desk!

To sit down, like a weed among weeds, and rustle in the wind!

Mary Oliver (new and selected poems).

•••

Treading the path that leads  to the moon,
I look back and can’t stop marveling.
I see a bubble of water on the immense ocean of space.
It is the Earth, our green planet,
Her sumptuous beauty sparkling and proud,
Yet, oh so fragile.
In her , I discover myself.

Thick Nhat Hanh (Morning of Peace).
OCEAN LIGHT
The moon at dawn stooped like a hawk
and took me and flew across the sky.

Traveling insight that light, so close,
My body turned to spirit.

I saw nothing but light.
The secret of revelation came clear
with my ship submerged in that.

As it moved, consciousness rose into being,
And the voice of consciousness
made every foam fleck a new bodying.

Matter receives a signal
From the sea it floats in.

But without the sun,
without the majesty of Shams,
no one would see the moon
or ever dissolve in ocean light.

Rumi

•••

John Charles Earle says:
The Body is not bounded by its skin;
Its effluence, like a gentle cloud of scent,
Is wide into the air diffused, and, blent
With elements unseen, its way doth win
To ether frontiers, where take origin
Far subtler systems, nobler regions meant
To be the area and the instrument
Of operations ever to begin
A new and never end. Thus every man
Wears as his robe the garment of the sky
so close his union with the cosmic plan,
So perfectly he pierces low and high
Reaching as far in space as creature can,
and co-existing with immensity.

" Each beautiful thing, a flower, the song of a bird,
awakens in our soul the memory of our origin.
Learn how to listen to the voice of beautiful things,
to make us understand the voice of our soul." 

Mevlevi Dervishes

•••

I paraphrase Eckhart Tolle:
“Earth, 114 million years ago, one morning, just after sunrise: The first flower ever to appear on the planet opens up to receive the rays of the sun...and suddenly there would have been an explosion of color and scent all over the planet-if a perceiving consciousness had been there to witness....The first recognition of beauty was one of the most significant events in the evolution of human consciousness..”

I slip in and out of the Sea at night with this
Amazed soul I have.

Follow my tracks in the sand that lead
Beyond thought and space,

Join me with your hands, wings, hoofs of fins
In my sublime applause.

Join me in the pure atmosphere of gratitude
For life.

I slip in and out of the Moon each night
With a gracious ease
With the brilliant heart I have.

Hafiz.

•••

“ Love is an infinite Sea whose skies are a bubble of foam.
Know that it is the waves of Love that  turn the wheels of Heaven,
Without Love, nothing in the world would have life.
How is an inorganic thing transformed into a plant?
How are plants sacrificed to become rich with spirit?
How is spirit sacrificed to become Breath,
One scent is potent enough to make Mary pregnant?
Every single atom is drunk on this Perfection and runs towards It
And what does this running secretly say but “ Glory be to God.”
 
Rumi  (Andrew Harvey “Light upon Light”).

•••

“ The reality of our own existence can be validated only in the context of honoring the larger communication that the natural world offers us in terms of wonder for the mind, beauty for the imagination and intimacy for emotions”

Thomas Berry

•••

Rain
I feel like earth
Astonished at fragrance
Borne in then air,
Made pregnant with mystery
From a drop of rain.

Rumi

•••

“ Love is an infinite Sea whose skies are a bubble of foam.
Know that it is the waves of Love that  turn the wheels of Heaven,
Without Love, nothing in the world would have life.
How is an inorganic thing transformed into a plant?
How are plants sacrificed to become rich with spirit?
 How is spirit sacrificed to become Breath,
One scent is potent enough to make Mary pregnant?
Every single atom is drunk on this Perfection and runs towards It
And what does this running secretly say but “ Glory be to God.”
 
Rumi  (Andrew Harvey “Light upon Light”).


•••

The Seed Market

Can you find another market like this?

Where,
with one rose
you can buy hundreds of rose gardens?

Where,
for one seed
you get a whole wilderness?

For one weak breath,
the divine wind?

Rumi

•••

“Since the moon is full tonight,
let us call the stars in prayer.
The power of concentration,
Seen though the bright, one-pointed mind,
Is shaking the universe.

Compassion springs  from the heart,
as pure refreshing water,
Healing the wounds of life.

Thich Nhat Hanh  (from Love Poem).

•••

SOULSTICE

every ounce of matter is frozen light
roses, clouds, bones, tears
all slowly moving light

everything is shining in glory
everything
singing a story
..................................................................................

every second in the universe a supernova is
exploding
every second a star is shattering

and flames  leaping off the moon
last night

like binary stars we
circle
each other
................................................................

and the more I
see of you
the more I love the view

let me be a fierce clear mirror
in a cosmos made of passions....
...................................................................

If love is a language
then I am still
learning to spell
while there’s a story
that the stars
have been
burning to tell.

Drew Dellinger

•••

THE SUN NEVER SAYS

Even

After

All this time

The sun never says to the earth,

"You owe

Me."

Look

What happens

With a love like that,

It lights the

Whole

Sky.

Hafiz (trans. Daniel Ladinsky)

•••

The Sun
incandescent sphere
permanent explosion
its core pouring itself out for us
source
to a hamlet of planets
asteroids and comets
human trajectory
unfolds in this orbit
between wandering stars 
and the invincible Sun..."

Drew Dellinger

•••

“Every being exists in intimate relation with other beings and in constant exchange of gifts with each other. But this relationship is beyond pragmatic use. It is rather a mutual sharing of existence in the grand venture of the universe itself.”

Thomas Berry

•••

“As humans awaken to this wonder that stands before us. We must discover our role in the grand spectacle”

Thomas Berry

•••

“ The human emerges not only as an earthlink, but also as an worldling. We bear the universe in our beings as the universe bears us in its being. The two have a total presence to each other and to that deeper mystery out of which both the universe and ourselves have emerged.”

Thomas Berry

•••

“ The reality of our own existence can be validated only in the context of honoring the larger communication that the natural world offers us in terms of wonder for the mind, beauty for the imagination and intimacy for emotions”

Thomas Berry

•••

"When we are truly alive, we
can see that the tree is a part
of Heaven,
and we are also
a part of Heaven.
The whole universe
is conspiring to
reveal this to us."  

Thick Nhat Hanh

•••

“ ....Your eyes are beautiful.
I am aware that they are impermanent.
But what is wrong with impermanence?
Without impermanence, could anything exists at all..”

Thich Nhat Hanh  (from Love Poem).

 
     

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