I Am For Love

I don’t care who knows
Or what people think
I’m really not concerned
With the projections
Of conditioned mind
I am boldly and proudly
For love
For kindness
For the tender way
For compassion
For the deepest truth
For silence
And for simply joy
These are not weak qualities
On the contrary
They are the mark of the warrior
I am unashamed in my stand for love.

Relate From Silence

Each day we are invited
In every encounter we have
In all interactions, transactions and negotiations
And even the confrontations
We are being silently invited
Deeper, beyond the brittle self
Deeper, into a more intimate way
Deeper, into a true communion
But fear, rigidity and ignorance of the way
Prevents all but the few
Being fully present in these times

Here is the thing
If you can’t relate from silence
If your world is full of noise
You are not really alive
Not really living

Meet me in this silent presence
We will speak no words
When we greet each other
And our silence will say more
Than all meaningless chatter
That occupies the mind
But avoids the heart.

unleash your compassion

do not turn away from the world

because it seems so cruel and heartless

or because it will overwhelm you with sadness

don’t close your aching heart

to that which needs you

you are not here for yourself alone

you are here to serve love

by becoming it

and loving even that which seems unloveable

wait no longer

but unleash your compassionate heart

it will change you forever

and heal your world.

Everything Wants To Come Home

All hard edges
Dissolving into acceptance
Unable to maintain any defense
His imagined borders,
Built on wounding,
Crumbled to dust

All that energy wasted on nothing
His obsession with being right
Inherited from a victorian father
How many generations driven by the same fear
All this to let go of

When we stop the game
When we say ‘no more’
When we would willingly die
Rather than maintain the defended self
The righteous self
The imagined self

When that happens deeper and deeper
The whole of life
All generations
Everything unloved
Everything hidden
Pandora’s box
The shadows, the denial
The entire unconscious history
Of humanity
Pours in
To say
Me too, I want that love

Everything wants healing
Everything wants to come home
All we have to do is give up fighting.

Tend to your Garden

Distracted by practicalities
He forgot to nurture his soul
Slowly his inner flower wilted
And beauty did perish
The light of love faded
And life became meaningless

Without the inner life
The life that brings joy and depth
We are little more than robots

Nurture and water the garden
Tend to it diligently with great care
It will feed you and ripen you
You will become a great tree
And others will come
To savor your fruit.
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All Walking The Same Way

This is just the simplicity
Of coming back to honesty
Openness, kindness
And the tender way
Over and over and over
It’s not complex or tough to work out
It’s simple and requires only willingness
We walk, each of us at our own pace,
We stumble, we fall, we rise, we move on
We recognize that journey
In each other’s eyes and words
And it triggers compassion
But no lecturing about truth
What’s to teach?
No, we are simply walking the same way
Honestly
Openly
Kindly
Tenderly
Nothing more.

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Go Beyond All Definition

Don’t fit so neatly into any definition
You are not your role
Not your name
Not your job
Not woman or man
You are not your age
Your style or your character
You are not your family
Not your history
Not your wounds or your traumas
Not your successes or failures
You are not your net worth
Or your house
Your stuff or what you have lost
You are not your loves
Your desires or addictions
You are not what you eat
Not your spiritual practice
Not your tribe or your isolation
You are not your identity
Your clothes
Or your culture
Your skin color
Or your nationality
Not even human
All these things arrive
On top of the truth of you
You are beyond the beyond
The beautiful nothingness
The full emptiness
Prior to any name or identity
Go beyond any definition
To your innate beingness
And live from that splendor
This is freedom.

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