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Through Me

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Ah…I have some time and space to myself
and the presence of mind to feel grateful for it.
The autumn wind blows.
I can hear the windchime just outside my door.
Its ringing says, Now. Now. Now. Now.
A part of me wants to check out and go back to sleep.
A part of me wants to stay awake and be productive.
A part of me knows my body is hungry.
A part of me doesn’t want to bother stopping to eat.
What should I do?
The autumn wind blows.
The wind chime keeps ringing Now. Now. Now. Now.
Maybe I’ll just step outside
and let the wind caress my hair, my face.
I don’t need to think about what’s next;
I can flow through this moment
and appreciate what it offers.
When my mind isn’t cluttered with
what I should do,
I can enjoy life being done through me.

Some Day is Right Now

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Could I simply relax into this moment,
dive off the rigid, wire thin line of “normal”
and just immerse myself in this ocean of being?
I want to know what it’s like to love fully,
to feel content, at peace with myself,
to look out into the world
with eyes of compassion,
to cherish all beings
with the immense heart of the Buddha.
I think all of this will happen some day,
and then I remember,
it all has to happen right now.
And then I realize
Some day IS right now.

Can You Feel Me?

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A white magnolia called to me
from across the balcony
she said
break me
I did
I breathed in her essence
which attracted the attention
of my students
those closest to me
after the first two
I said
pass it around
and I watched her
in her white purity
passed around the room
giving of her essence
so unquestioningly
she breathed
and we all breathed with her
there is no lack
only this moment
can you feel me?

What Then?

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So what if the way things are
have nothing to do
with the way things were?
What if you, in this moment,
are completely unlike
anything you ever
thought yourself to be?
What if you had no clue,
and you were completely aware of it?
Imagine the space that would open up
in the absence of the stories
you’ve been telling yourself
about how things should be.
Could you allow yourself such freedom?
What then?

I Am the Peace

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If I want to terrify myself,
let me try to anticipate the future.
Let me believe the thought
that this moment isn’t enough,
and let me reach into a place
that cannot be reached
and attempt to exert control
over that which cannot be controlled.
If I want to be sane, at peace,
let me open my eyes to this moment.
Let me look around
and with a grateful heart
allow myself to be breathed by life.
In this moment
there is nothing that I need.
In this moment
all is well.
In this moment
I am the peace I have always wanted.

Why I’m Here

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I’m trying hard to remember
why I’m here
and then I remember
there is no reason…
life begets life,
and here I am.
How many countless resources
have been used
from the dawn of time
down the line of all my ancestors
to one day bring me into being?
And now I’m awestruck–
the crazy luck of being here
with no reason,
just life living through me,
begetting more life.