LOVE’S INVITATION IS EVERYWHERE

We must never doubt the power of love as it moves through us and through our world. It is the fragrance of the garden. It holds everything, even in the suffering and division. It is beyond time. It is our true breath.
Thanks for reading.

Kavi

Become one who never forgets
Their eternal nature
Who who allows the waves to be as they are
And stays at peace
Even in the turbulence.


Love destroyed all falseness
And left me open and tender
No self left to defend

Slowly I adjusted to life
And learned to live fully
From this deepest place
In the world
But not of the world

The beloved is alive
Everywhere and always
What death is there
To be afraid of?


The lover lays down his ego
And bathes in surrender and humility
He gave up the idea of a world
Separate or outside him
And willingly, if painfully, yielded to life
In existence he saw the beloved
His true lover
And as he offered himself naked
So he was reborn as existence itself


You are a portal
Through which
The cosmic universe
Awakens and manifests.


Become a master of your inner world
But it does not happen by accident
It happens through endeavor and willingness
It happens through inquiry and humility
Through opening the heart when it feels closed
And meeting all the demons and ghosts
That have haunted us for years.


The greatest trick of all
Is the one that says
The world
Is something outside us.


Love’s invitation
Is everywhere
Stop wondering
Whether you are worthy
The invitation includes you
No need to wait any more.


Heart wide open
Mind empty as sky
Deep as the ocean
High as the heavens
No limit and no resistance
In grief, sorrow and suffering
In joy and delight
He danced
Knowing he was already home.


Be the facilitator
Not the doer
Realize that
The universe is intelligent.


Surf the phenomenal world
With great tenderness
And compassion
You and the world are one
And the way you treat it
Is the way you treat yourself.


LET LIFE PIERCE YOUR HEART


Pierce this heart to the core
I no longer care for civility
Or behaving myself
Let what is deep inside
Flow out into the world
And flood the barrenness

What is everyone so afraid of
Love is not to be feared
It’s lack of love
That should be feared

Pierce this heart to the core
And see the sorrow
And the grief
See the joy and the beauty
Flow out like a never ending river
Be done with all this pretense
Only the wetness of love matters

Let life go all the way in
No more holding it all back
Keeping it all together
Playing the safe game
Let it in
Allow love to flow
In and out
It’s what you are for
It’s who you are
Beyond the surface dance

And now is the time
Not soon
Not when you are ready
When things are a little better
And you are more prepared
But now, and now, and now.

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WEAR YOUR WOUNDS WELL

Why hide what gives you your uniqueness?
The tree grows majestically
With its knots and gnarls
And you cannot tell what is wound
And what is beauty

Be unafraid of your cracks and wounds
They are your account of growth
Wear them with dignity and humble majesty.

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RESILIENCE ON THE PATH

(We will need it in 2023)

The spiritual journey
Is not composed of just
Acceptance and grace
It is not all love and light
And effortless opening
To the majestic beauty of it all

Oh no…

Sometimes you have to
Get down on your knees
And dig in the dirt
And in the crap of it all
It can be a snotty tearful mess
In fact it may feel wretched
And you might rail at god
And life itself
For the injustice
It’s not all sweetness and joy
It can get very messy

And you may need some resilience
You may find yourself
Hanging on for dear life
By your finger nails
Even questioning your sanity
Rock bottom

And you may need resilience
The resilience to keep on walking
Without even knowing where you’re going
In the darkness
In the mess
In the tears and the anger
Just that resilient willingness
To persist
To just keep on walking
Because you can

This resilience does something
It forges something within
Like a blade
It’s almost a hidden quality
On the spiritual path
Neglected in all this talk
Of surrender and acceptance

Dig deep, fly high
Even when it’s a mess.

First posted 2019

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THE FRAGRANCE OF BEING

Here is another selection of poems from this week’s outpouring. I hope they speak to you. There are many more and I am truly realizing that I must find a way to get them in book form. That will become my mission for 2023. I have also declared I will do a kind of poetry and music album and that is also being lined up for next year.

The tough thing is that this teaching with Amoda takes up time, there are so many behind the scenes and technical, administrative tasks, let alone the new 501c we have just set up! It’s a busy life, this (relatively) new life in USA. We are at growth point.

Anyway back to the poems.

Thanks for reading!

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Whatever it is within your heart
That longs to burst forth
Cherish it and nurture it

Don’t let the flame
Be dampened by any negativity
Yours or others

There is a garden inside each being
Don’t let it become barren
A simple turning towards it
Again and again
Is enough


If you have caught
The fragrance of love
In the air
You must serve that love
Be bold and unashamed
True and open
Aware and awake
Humble and ordinary
Wrathful and peaceful

There is no one else for the task
It is your time
You are the chosen one.


The lightness of being
Is a delicate fragrance
Unencumbered by the past

Throw away time’s demands
And remember the innocence
Of your true nature

This beauty is latent within all beings
But only those willing to remove their armor
Can know its light.


Allow yourself
To feel so deeply
The world pours in
And is resurrected
Into love.


Be beautiful for no reason
Shine because it is
Inherent in your nature
You are the sun
And the moon
Believing yourself
To be the clouds.


Master discomfort
Not by doing anything
But by falling deeper into being.


Real love cannot be cultivated
It can only be revealed
For it is the very heart of us
The core, the essence,
But we have completely
Overlooked our essence
In favor of our appearance.


When the fight with life is over
All that is left is loving what is

From that moment on
All you can do is love it all
Including your experience and the world
However it shows up

But first we must end the fight with life.


Transcend culture
Without rebellion
Leave your ancestry
Without rejecting its influence
Go beyond
All definitions of yourself
And find peace in not knowing
Who you really are
What beauty there is
Within the one who is simply here.


You are the doorway
Through which love
Can arrive in the world.


Thanks for reading.

THE LIGHTNESS OF BEING

The lightness of being
Is a delicate fragrance
Unencumbered by the past

Throw away time’s demands
And remember the innocence
Of your true nature

This beauty is latent within all beings
But only those willing to remove their armor
Can know its light.

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LET ME DROWN

Today I am in love
With grief and sorrow
Don’t try and pull me away
Or cheer me up
There is nothing wrong

Let me drown a while
In this vast ocean
I will die ten thousand times
And feel the wave
Of suffering
And my own helplessness

It will be terrible
And beautiful
And, like all things,
Will pass in its own time
I am not the author of any of this
But I surrender into it.

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THE LUMINOSITY OF BEING

Here is another small collection of my various outpourings this week.

This week’s poems are dedicated to a beautiful man I worked with recently who I have just learned has passed away. The last words I heard from him said,’ Thank you for your friendship. I’m sure we will remain friends forever.’

I’m sure we will remain friends forever – yes Peter, beyond time’s knowing.

Down here
In the depths
Feeling everything
Holding onto nothing.


If you could see
The luminosity of your being
You would cease all your hostilities
Put down all destructive weapons
And instantly love all things
Beyond measure

It is only our blindness
To the truth
That keeps us at war.


When you let go of trying to control everything
A door opens into a vast new realm
And you are invited to trust life
And not fear it.


It’s the dance of the mystic
In the ordinariness of life
That delights me
The mystic untethered
Shines a light
On the darkness
Nudging those
Who have sought refuge
In the temporary
To remember
The ineffable mystery
Of existence.


Let us meet
Beyond our opinions or beliefs
Somewhere down in the deepest
As two naked beings
Raw and real
Living in the mystery
We call life
Prior to all this cover up
Of the self

We will call it
A meeting of souls
Celebrating the unknown.


You can’t find a place
You didn’t leave
You can only realize
You never left it.


Stop hiding your sacred light
Pretending you are unworthy of it
You are not unworthy of this glory
It’s what you are here for
And all this doubt is just a delaying
Of the inevitable.


Fall in love so deeply
With your existence
That everything
Melts into you.


Come to no conclusion
But walk with presence
In the unknown
Mind wide open
Heart as vast as the sky
You and the world
Become one thing.


Friend, you must fly into the sun
So the light burns off
Lifetimes of guilt and shame
If you really want what is true
You must stand naked and unashamed
Innocent and tender
Before the world
Only this humility will open the door
To love’s deepest truths.


I’m sure we will all be friends forever.
Love has no enemies.

Thank you for reading the words of my heart and soul.