#5107 – Monday, December 9, 2013 – Editor: Gloria Lee
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Enlightenment is intimacy with all things.
~ Dogen Zenji
“I came to discover that grief is not sadness. Grief is
love. Grief is a felt experience of love for something
lost or that we are losing. That is an incredibly
powerful doorway. I think we all carry that abiding
ocean of love for the miracle of our world. And if, on a
collective level, we could grieve together and
rediscover that deeper part of our collective psyche,
then healing the symptoms of that disconnect could
happen much faster than we imagine.”
~ Chris Jordan
From an interview with Chris Jordan about the film
project MIDWAY. Article: An Abiding Ocean of Love:
A Conversation with Artist Chris Jordan. Center for
What I know makes me proud and small.
The Unknown humbles me and makes me vast.
Through the practice of Unknowing, I am human.
I am a speck of dust, vibrating with the music
of stars. O Lord, hear my prayer.
~ Fred LaMotte
Many people breathe in without knowing they are
breathing in. Many people live without knowing they
are alive. Life is a miracle. When you breathe in
mindfully, knowing that you are breathing in, you
touch the miracle of life.”
~Thich Nhat Hanh
A pianist plays ‘Imagine’ on the anniversary of John
Lennon’s death in front of Ukranian riot police on
Photo: Nastya Stanko
In a stunning turn of events today in Thailand, riot
police yielded to the peaceful protesters they were
ordered to harass and block. The police removed
barricades and their helmets as a sign of solidarity.
Some cry tears of joy as a truce is called between Thai
protestors and police. CNN’s Paula Hancocks reports.
You should be out of both these traps… neither bondage
nor freedom… because this is a concept. Bondage was a
concept, now concept of freedom. Get rid of both these
concepts and now where are you? Here… here is neither
a trap of bondage nor of freedom. Here is here.
on “spiritual inquiry” – be warned
if you endlessly ponder
your seeming lack of enlightenment
(the proof of; the reasons for; the need to overcome)
your life appears to be unenlightened
and is experienced accordingly
if, for one instant, you stop your pondering
the Real is found to be already and always there
(luminous; changeless; already perfect)
and your life, in that instant, IS enlightenment
and is experienced accordingly
you don’t need to seek or strive or supplicate
you don’t even need to understand or accept or believe
you just need to slow down
get really quiet
how cool is that?
They have come to make love with you…
There is so much intelligence in your hopelessness if you
will turn toward it and mine the wisdom it offers. You
have been taught that hope is required and that it is a
true “spiritual” quality which is necessary to open your
heart to this world. But the wild reality of love will
never conform to your hopes and fears.
There is a line between sanity and confusion which is
not nearly as solid or continuous as it may appear. We
could say that love is the bridge between the two,
though it is not the love that the mind knows. This
bridge is translucent, and is crafted of your
self-kindness and luminous creativity, emerging out of
the unknown to reveal the wisdom within your neurosis.
Your hopelessness is path, and is a pure reflection of
untainted original awareness, revealing the most radical
truth that there is no ultimate reference point in which
you can rest any longer. Groundlessness is becoming
your home now, for it is within this raging crucible of
hopelessness that the conceptual world falls away. In
its place is wide empty space, but it is so warm there,
and so pregnant with the qualities of love. It is this
warmth which enables you to share yourself with others
and with this precious world. You are no longer
ashamed to be what you are.
Your sadness, your vulnerability, and your hopelessness
– these guests have not come into your experience so
that they can be healed, transformed, changed, or
transcended. They are not problems which need fixing
or more evidence of your failure. They have come to
make love with you, and to reveal their nature as path,
weaving and interpenetrating your tenderness with
everything around you.
~ Michael Chilcoat
A Healing Space blog – http://bit.ly/L7Yre4
THE OPENING OF EYES
That day I saw beneath dark clouds,
the passing light over the water
and I heard the voice of the world speak out,
I knew then, as I had before,
life is no passing memory of what has been
nor the remaining pages in a great book
waiting to be read.
It is the opening of eyes long closed.
It is the vision of far off things
seen for the silence they hold.
It is the heart after years
of secret conversing,
speaking out loud in the clear air.
It is Moses in the desert
fallen to his knees before the lit bush.
It is the man throwing away his shoes
as if to enter heaven
and finding himself astonished,
opened at last,
fallen in love with solid ground.
The Opening of Eyes
From River Flow
New and Selected Poems
©David Whyte and Many Rivers Press