Kindness in the Midst of Fear

Kindness is the key
It brings us back to what is important
Runaway mind eases into the background
(Before it returns like freight train)
And we are back in the present moment
Softly and tenderly

Kindness is the antidote to fear
It doesn’t try and stop it or answer it
It simply offers a tender hand to it
Kindness says,’Yes I know, and still I love
Even though all this is happening
I stay with openness and love.’

There is no greater power
Not just in a crisis but always
For life is imbued with death and tragedy
And we get to either shrink into self
And meet existence with argument
Or we go beyond and embrace kindness

This kindness starts with us
And emanates out to the world
It heals us and those it touches
It is strength and true power
Manifested even in the face of pain
Even in the face of fear

Believe me, I have tried all alternatives
And realized that only the deepest
And most tender kindness
Works.

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In The Time of Grief

I had an auspicious dream

We had a wrong delivery
I walked after the delivery man
To ask him what went wrong
When I looked at him
I could see he had learning difficulties
He was extremely sad and anxious
He said he was sorry
But he could barely see any more
He was blind in one eye
And the other eye was going the same way
So all he saw was blurry and confused

I stood with him and I wept
He asked what I was crying for
I said, ‘The world is so cruel.’

This man was the world we experience
And all we can really do is love it
And each other, back to the harmony
We have drifted so far away from ourselves

Our grief and sadness
Will become our joy and happiness
When we heal our broken hearts, together.

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A Transformational Time

This is the time
That all the spiritual work
All the inquiry
The breathing
The acceptance
The softening
And the opening
Has prepared you for

The effects of undigested,
Unprocessed, unexamined fear
Are highly destructive
Fear can convince us
The imaginary is real
It plays tricks on the brain
It hijacks the nervous system
And destroys our ability
To make informed and considered choices
Make no mistake
Fear wreaks havoc on our health

You have done all this deep work
And it has brought you here, to this
This time in history
This moment of bifurcation
When you are met with two doors
The fear and reactivity door
And the door of discernment and grounded love
It’s the same door you always face
But intensified by fear of survival

Stay present, in your body
In your breath, in your heart
Choose love, choose the love door
No matter what

There is transformational opportunity in this time
Most people might not be able to grasp it
But those who have already peeked through the veil
And seen other ways, other possibilities,
Can use this time to deepen

I am not budging from this openness
I am not going to yield to fear
I am here, staying as presence and truth,
Rooted in the unknown
Even as this reality seems to crumble to dust.

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The Waves of Fear and Staying with Love

This is it
Choice time
Over and over again
Where do you fall
Into fear
Or into love
Into fight or flight
Or into acceptance
As the day wears on
See how it grabs you
That fear
Maybe it starts in the gut
But really it’s the thoughts
Will I survive?

And then you breathe
And come back to this moment
Just this
And you find peace
An inner acceptance
Of this reality
As it is

And then the wave comes
Again and again

This is your test
Your inquiry
A great exacting time
For each of us
On the true path of love
To see how we fall
How we yield to fear
And how we return to love
And which one is more beneficial
To us and to life itself

Don’t give yourself away
This primal fear
This imagined fear
Is the true virus
Don’t catch it, and don’t spread it
Spread only love.

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The Great Adventure of Surrender

A great adventure awaits the one willing to surrender
For in surrender the you you think you are
Begins to slowly dissolve

You start to surrender parts of yourself
Not to some thing outside yourself
But to life itself, to your direct experience
At first this may be a huge insult to the ego
But if that is also surrendered,
In fact whatever is experienced is surrendered
What ever is thought or imagined is surrendered
A great and beautiful dissolvement happens

And you will fall further inside yourself
You will meet challenge upon challenge
But each encounter will forge you
And each surrender will deepen you

Until there is nothing more to surrender
And then a deep stillness and peace arises
And you become the silent heartbeat of the world

If there is a key to freedom, it is surrender.

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The Courage to Empty the Cup

Some try and leave their
Spiritual development
To chance
Hoping grace may fall upon them
And indeed, grace may do that

But those who, while they are waiting,
Have the courage to face themselves
In the naked truth
To meet with openness and care
Their own vulnerability
And regret, sorrow and anger
To make a decision
To hold the line
For their own accountability

They are doing the work
Of clearing out the debris of self
Accumulated over decades
Of misunderstanding and erroneous beliefs

In this way they are becoming empty
And grace is more likely
To fill an empty cup

There is no room when the cup is already full.

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