The Dance of Awakening

You can only really dance
When you let go of everything
And live entirely in the moment
Then the movement and energy
That was there anyway
Touches you at the core
And vibrates its way through you
And you call it dancing

It was there always
But you weren’t
Until you let go
Of self consciousness
Distracting thoughts
And past and future imagination

It’s the same with realization
So just think of it as a dance
And don’t be so heavy about it
If you need a reminder every now and then
Get up, turn the music up
And freak out.

– Image by ArtTower from Pixabay

WHY WE NEED TO GRIEVE

This poem is a call to grief
A call for us to throw off our defenses
To tear off the stony masks
That cover our pain
And to grieve innocently and fully
Wherever we are
Whatever our circumstances

We must grieve
To renew
It is part of the cycle of joy
Which is part of the essence of life
Grief is an acknowledgment
Of our humanity, our vulnerability
And our temporariness

Grief is the balm the ego needs
To soften its aggrandizement

And now we are here, at home,
Confused, angry, anxious, alone
Losing loved ones and strangers alike
We have always been losing loved ones and strangers alike
Death and suffering surround us

But now our fragility and our vulnerability
Are in true focus
The truth of our condition is here to be seen
And to be felt
We are fragile
And the web of life is fragile

We can’t pretend any longer
To pretend is to deny
And to deny
Is what causes us to bury our darkness
Deeper and deeper
Until it becomes a monster

My friend, don’t be afraid of grief
It is the doorway to beauty
And all that is real
Be afraid of falseness and denial
It will make you cold and brittle

We are in extraordinary times
When we are being reminded of the truth
That we cannot turn away from our humanity
Or carry on in our old ways
What an opportunity.

– Image by Richard Mcall from Pixabay

Don’t Miss This Life

The greatest tragedy in life is not death
It is that we did not live fully
The greatest tragedy is not
That we are here
Marooned on either side by eternity
It is that we wasted our precious time
On things that didn’t matter
And forgot to smell the spring flowers
And stop to listen to the sweet birdsong
As it welcomes the dawn
We forgot to see a world of beauty
And got lost in things we thought we needed

Don’t miss this
Don’t get so caught up in the waves
That you forget to feel
The beautiful texture of the water.

Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

Fragile Creatures

We are fragile creatures
Surrounded by loss
Our daily lives are lived
In an uncertainty
It is difficult to face
So we turn away, again and again,
But denial is no answer
To truth

The wise one
Holds uncertainty
And inevitability
As intimate companions
Yet identifies with neither
Choosing instead openness
And loving kindness

This is the choice
Either this
Or the agony of closure.

Image by ArtCoreStudios from Pixabay

Surrender to the Deep

Where are you my friend
Are you struggling on the surface
Fighting with the waves
Trying to stay afloat
I don’t mean physically
I mean in your mind and heart
In your existential body?

I see everyone pulled to the surface
And on the surface is where
The righteousness happens
Fear does that, it leads to righteousness

Stop trying to understand it all
You will never be able to control it

There is wisdom and natural intelligence
To be discovered
When you let go
Even for a moment
And sink down
Into the deep
Picture the drowning man
Struggling for breath on the surface
Eventually he reaches a point where he lets go
And surrenders to the deep
What relief
What an incredible moment, to give up the fight
(This metaphor is very powerful and not intended to cause distress)

There is only so much that can be discovered
On the surface of life
To gain wisdom and the ability to see clearly
There is no choice but to fall
That falling itself is the journey
Of transformation
It’s not where you arrive that matters
It’s what you meet on the way
And how you face it
That forges you

Keep diving into the inner world
And let the outer world
Be as it is.

Image by Anja🤗#helpinghands#stayathome #solidarity#stays healthy🙏 from Pixabay

Dance with Tears in Our Eyes

Eventually fate arrives
At every door
With the same invitation
To return home
Until then
We must live boldly
Tenderly, authentically
Wisely and freely
We must dance with tears in our eyes
And the beauty of life
In our blazing hearts
Tasting the sweetness
Even as it vanishes into emptiness.

Image by Randy Rodriguez from Pixabay

Don’t Wait

Don’t wait any longer
Don’t do it, don’t play the waiting game
Whatever you are waiting for before you rise
Before you shine, before you embrace the love inside
Before you step into authority
Before you unleash your creative vulnerability
And expression
Before you speak truth and love to power
Before you declare yourself
Don’t wait, it’s a trick
Feel it now, and when you feel it now
Allow it to fill your cellular body
With possibility, with excitement, with potential
As it flows into your blood, cleanses out the old
As it sweeps away hesitancy and caution
Fear and whatever old conditioning still exists
Don’t wait
Even if you don’t yet take any action
Allow yes to flood into your no body
Become a warrior, just because you can
Don’t wait for anyone to confer it on you
No one can do it, not king or queen or guru or teacher
Only you, and when you see the trick of time
That may endlessly defer it
Because of fear, or vulnerability or something else
You will see…it is now
Not soon, not in a while
But now

This life is over so quickly
And only love matters
And you are that
Nothing can harm you
And there is nothing real to fear

Don’t wait.

Image by Pexels from Pixabay