How can I know anything about the past or the future, when the light of the Beloved shines only Now. ~Jalal-al-Din Rumi
While in the sanctuary of retreat
it may be easier to relax,
to breathe, it’ll be OK.
to the mountain top,
we’re on on this
quickly spinning ball, together, right?
Let us harmoniously hold on, dear one.
Sitting quietly on the ground
supported by ancient oak’s roots
& ground below our fragile bodies.
Fewer words now needed
when colorful images
are imprinted on open minds.
Notice how when we quiet & still
certainty seems even more fleeting?
nothing is under control!
Listening to words of wisdom
by senior teachers who have
& still walk the walk
as well as talk the talk
gently directs consciousness
towards tender kindness,
compassion, healing, peace & freedom.
How wonderful to put the cell phone & media to sleep
& be awakened joyfully by the presence of friends
& ancestors – human, animal, plant & mineral
which smile to this attention.
Can we glimpse how
we are all leaves on one tree?
There’s a retreat that happens at Deer Park
as well as other sacred spiritual centers.
There’s also a retreat which continues on
inside our hearts & minds
as long as our peaceful breath & mindful living practice
is humbly nurtured in our home & work environments.
Upon happily returning home
finding a shed broken into
and bicycles stolen, I breathe.
May they be ridden in peace.
Now I’ll turn on some soothing Kronos Quartet
to help support my mantra,
breathe, it’ll be OK.
Each moment of this life
“Enlightenment is always there. Small enlightenment will bring great enlightenment. If you breathe in and are aware that you are alive—that you can touch the miracle of being alive—then that is a kind of enlightenment.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh