there are only these two things:
and the mind that is empty of thought
My Comment: You can do nothing about love, you cannot cultivate it and it is not the activity of thought. Yesterday when I read this statement it set off in me a deep contemplation. When the mind is empty of thought then I am not in the movement of the past and I am receptive of love. In this contemplation of these two days I have begun to recognize how love moves in a very subtle way as long as I stay out of the way, which is to have the mind empty of thought. Now it is not that I have had no thoughts over this time but I have caught myself many times when I was super-imposing my opinion or my “take” on the situation. Then – ceasing to allow my behavior, my thoughts and actions to follow the familiar patterns of the past – something new very dependably showed up in the interactions. If love is the face of understanding, reconciliation and compassion and of letting go of one’s own position, then it is love that shows up when I allow the mind to remain empty of the stream of the past. It’s not instantaneous but it’s remarkable enough for me to confirm to myself that it is clearly evidential. Continue reading
God is everywhere, in every ice crystal of the frost on the grass and in the steam off the coffee. Yes, this is all shapes and forms of the Great One. I slow down to see His face. He looks at me as His own face and tastes me with my tongue. Continue reading
I fell in love with myself
“We do not believe in ourselves
until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable,
worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch.
Once we believe in ourselves we can risk
curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight
or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”
~ e.e. cummings
I started a couple of days ago with the practice of affectionate perception in every situation I was in. I felt that I was not only blessing every person I met with the energy of affection but every situation and every movement I made. Continue reading
I like the simile of the simple light bulb. Of course, keep in mind that a light bulb is not actually all that simple and it is the result of complex thought by many over considerable time. Being mindful of what it took in the development of humanity on this planet to have all of the materials for a light bulb available and then to have the understanding of how it could function in order to produce light, it is quite remarkable and wonderful. Continue reading
‘With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy.’ ~ Lope de Vega :: Art by Bonnie Joy Bardos
A mind that is in Love is a smiling mind; it is happy and feels buoyant, cheerful and playful. When in Love, the quality of its seeing is full of affection for everything in its field of perception. The cloak of heavy, dark or broken thoughts is dissipated. Continue reading
(Ginny Ruffner – The Bowl from the Garden of Ideas)
upon becoming invisible
the invisible shows Itself – only that
slakes my thirst.
i must drop all points of reference
all identity, all characteristics,
all carry-overs of ‘me’,
all that i want, i prefer, i am,
and yet be infinitely gentle
We live in a world of closeness.
it feels like me over here and
you over there
but it’s not – not really.
Don’t let yourself be fooled
by appearances –
they are the grand fraud
fraud? Such a strong word…
maybe better to say “illusion”, that sounds more
But it’s not – not reasonable.