Friday, 4 October 2019

The middle of the story

We are in the middle of a story
our own story
We are in the middle of a chapter
we don’t know how the story
or even the chapter ends
yet so often we live as if we do!

Whatever story-path
the mind leads you down
is not how this story unfolds.

This story continues
beyond the expiration
of our own lives
continues to unfold with
our children’s children,
grandchildren, great-grandchildren.

There is no end.

Be here now
in this moment
however painful and sad-full it feels.
Be here now
in this moment
watching the strong emotions
rise and fall
as waves crashing
onto a sandy shore.

No skipping to the last page
to read the ending
there is no ending.
This story does not end
with death
that may come in a future chapter
but it’s not the end.

Whatever story-path
the mind leads you down
is not how this story unfolds.
Be here now.

© 4 Oct 19

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Cosily moving along

Cosily moving along
a path towards enlightenment
life swerves onto a new
urgent path
to find out what is true.
Bubble burst
I am raw, vulnerable
open to feeling every wound
feeling more alive
as well as scared, unsure
stumbling in a half-light
instead of the brightness of daylight
territory unknown to me
I know others have journeyed this way before.

Unexpectedly awoken from a
dreamy sleep
before I was ready.
Yet here I am
I will not go back to sleep.
I can only go onward.

© 27 Jul 19

Monday, 30 September 2019

Feel it

Feel the conflict
the paradox
feel the unease
the desire for resolution
feel the not knowing and
the desire to know
sitting side by side
feel the friction
the pull of one against the other
allow both to be here
allow both a place in your heart.

Fear - I see you, I hear you
I know you have a part to play
thank you for keeping me safe.
Now rest, go back to sleep
let others play their part.
Let courage, daring and have-a-go
come to the fore.

© 18 Sep 19

Monday, 9 September 2019

Spiritual beings

We are spiritual beings
in a human body
‘me’ and ‘mine’
are post-it notes
highlighting attachment
to being human
sticky buds denoting claim
and belief in the
historical dimension.

The real ‘I’ speaks from the
Ultimate dimension
an ‘I’ forever free
not an ‘I’ with something to attain or
‘not quite there yet’.

We are spiritual beings
playing a human part
for a while.

© 1 Aug 19

Friday, 6 September 2019

Hibiscus

Looking through a veil of sadness
everything loses its light.

I am not completely enveloped
Curiosity is my dharma door
into the present moment.

Look at the hibiscus flowers
what shape their leaves?
How does a bud unfurl
to become a flower
a full bloom?

Without doing anything
it seems
I am drawn into engaging
with the world
and out of my head.

Grateful for the insight to
plant the hibiscus bush
in just that spot
ten years ago.

© 21 Aug 19

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Peel away! Part 2

Peel away the layers
of who I think I am
to see what is real
at the core.

No longer a daughter
there goes one layer.
No longer a child, a teen.
So many layers I have shed
over the years
without knowing
without minding.

When I am no longer
a mother, a sister, a wife,
a friend
who will I be?

Find out now!
Before these layers peel away.
Find out now
what is real
at the core.

© 26 Jul 19

Sunday, 25 August 2019

What are you saying to yourself?

Be ever vigilant
to what power you are giving your thoughts!
Do you really want to hand over power
to a wild, ranging,
butterfly-mind?
Be careful of self-talk.
What are you saying to yourself?
What words are you putting
into the ether?

© 26 Jul 19