Don’t Waste Your Precious Energy Now

Don’t just sit there watching the news
Surfing social media
Looking for signs of trouble
Increasing the stress on your nervous system

Don’t waste your precious energy

Use this time valuably
Develop your spiritual inner muscle
Through meditation
Or simple reflection
Through deep inquiry
Let the feelings you have
Go deeper inside
Explore new areas within
Sharpen your arrow of discernment
Develop your warrior-ship

Don’t waste your precious energy

Create, not just for sharing with others
But to express yourself
Your fear, anxiety, hopes, dreams
Write, paint, sing sad songs and cry
Or joyful songs of love and laughter
Find a way to focus, just for an hour
Get away from the distraction, the endless feed

Don’t waste your precious energy now

There is, in every experience, an opportunity
To look deeper at ourselves
To herald goodness, even in the appearance
Of what looks real bad

There is, in all, experience, a choice to be made
Where to focus our energy,
What to give our energy to
And we live in distracted times

Don’t waste your precious energy now
Use it to sustain and grow your inner garden
If you can’t go out, go in.

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There is Goodness in This

There is goodness in this experience
If we can open to it and find it
There is a teaching, a blessing
Even in these anxious times

But we must dig deep
Down into the verticality
To the existential realm
Within ourselves

We must discover where our fear is
And what it is built on
Yes, we must find the foundations
Of our beliefs and our sense of self
And search in the mud
And in the darkness
And bring our honest inquiry
To what is true

To be trapped at home
Is imprisonment for some
And retreat for others
A suffocation for some
A reflection for others

I don’t know what the goodness is
We each have to find that for ourselves
Maybe it’s just the opportunity
To self reflect

I do know that the wise and the open
Will endeavor to find the blessing
In every experience
Even in the midst of hardship and fear.

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On Our Knees We Grieve

I don’t want to offer you
False hope
Or magical thinking
I am not a ‘lets send prayers’
Kind of guy

I want to invite you
Into the deepest experience
To see clearly
How far we have fallen
Into an existential mire
And how only
A revolution of consciousness
And an evolution of relationship
With ourselves, each other
And all life on earth
Will fundamentally change things

This is not a band aid time
This is us laid bare
We get to see our good
And our bad
Our attention and our avoidance
We have set up fantastic systems
That are in danger
Of consuming our very souls
We neglect the earth beneath our feet
And our own emotional wounds
Little realizing they are connected

I don’t believe in false hope
I have discovered the only way
To transform is to embrace
And to embrace
We must be on our knees
Not in prayer but in humility

Today I sit,
Head hung down,
Tears falling
Heart heavy
Feeling the weight
Of the human experience
No medicine to cure it
No trying to avoid it
Just the pain of this grief
That comes with acceptance

I’m sorry, please forgive me, I love you.

A Kindness Dependent on Nothing

When the kindness
With which we meet the world
Has no cause
Because it doesn’t need any
There will be peace

Kindness is at the root
Of our humanity
It is the soft womb
From which we emerge
The fabric of our being

It is just ignored
With all the noise of self
And the business of the world
Kindness requires
A meeting of vulnerability
A recognition of oneness of all things
And a willingness to be humble

Yet it needs no cause
This kindness is profound
In it’s presence and its intimacy
It heals all that appears broken
And it allows all that was denied

Kindness is our nature
But we don’t know our nature
Until we stumble upon it
Then we know nothing else

It is not a practice
It is a way of life.

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Resting in The Heart

Come back, come back
To what is here
This tenderest of places
Where love awaits

Even though we cannot be together
Still we can know each other
When we rest in our hearts

Don’t let it be all mind
You will become exhausted
Mind is rooted in separation
The I, the me, all identity and survival

But our hearts are connected across space
And across time’s illusory appearance
So come back, come back
To what is here
Where love awaits

Don’t forget beauty
Today, do something to court beauty
Say something sweet and tender
Offer something that lights up your lovers eyes
Nothing big, just a soft message
That love is untouchable by separation
Untouchable by fear

There are those who see beauty and love
Even in the midst of great hardship
Let us aspire to be like those
Holders of the light

Come back, come back
To what is here
This tenderest of places
Where love is.

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The Interconnected of All Things

I have said this before many times
Everything hangs together
By an invisible thread

And now we must know
All of us hang together
By the same thread

We are the weave
The picture being woven
And, on this level of reality,
The weaver

We need each other
We rely on each other
Life continues because of each other

This is what we are being shown
At this time of deep reflection
How it all fits together
And how easily it can fall apart

And that simple truth
Compels us to appreciate the other
To see value in all people
To develop deeper compassion and care
To shift the balance
Of our me centered consciousness
To a we centered consciousness

We don’t lose anything by this
We gain everything
And we begin to choose leaders
Who value and nurture
Collective care

A jigsaw puzzle is incomplete
If one piece is missing
And everything works because of everybody
Not because of one special one.

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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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