LOVE POEM FOR TROUBLED TIMES

In many ways it’s not a surprise
This has been coming for a long time
Trouble has lingered in the air
Haunted us, threatened us

We arrived in turbulent times
Where everything is upended
Nothing is real
And we can’t tell who lies
And who speaks truth

Those with wealth beyond measure
Play power games and manipulate our lives
For agendas we do not understand
Conspiracies run rampant
And feed the insecure and fearful imagination

We lurch from one crisis to another
Unable to slow down the machine
The weather, the economy, the politics
An endless barrage of stuff

And now this

Which has brought us into a clash
Of seemingly divided paradigms
The paradigm of separation
And the paradigm of unity

We are now in both
As physical bodies
We are forced to be separate from each other
But as a species, as a consciousness, as a world
We have never been so together
All experiencing the same thing, albeit in different ways

Is this a time of evolution
Of revelation
Or of isolation?

No one knows
As no one knows the movement of evolution
Until it has happened

Is this our Aquarian moment
Astrology, life, evolution
Bringing us to a bifurcation point
A point of no return
Where we evolve and grow together
Or we slide into destruction

No one knows

Which leaves us here
With this moment
Here, now, heart beating, breath in and out

For those spiritual seekers
Who look beyond the veil
This is your time
This is my time
Spiritual seeking is easy
When life is comfortable and safe
But to stay in presence and openness
When the boat is rocking one way and the other
Challenges even the wisest and deepest

Still, that is the call of the emergent warrior of love and truth
I beseech you, stay in goodness, in awareness and in love
There is no other time to wait for
If you can’t be who you have been becoming, now, today
Then you have missed your time

It’s not what you do that defines you
It’s how you resonate
That resonance is what goes into the world
You can resonate from your home
On the internet, in your messages from your phone
You can resonate reactivity or fear
Or you can bless the world
Resonate inner strength and goodness
Even as you carry some fear
Fear is NOT the enemy
When fear is not embraced
When fear brings a story
When fear is acted upon
That’s the trouble
Fear is just an energy that wants to come home to love

Let it, let it, let it
Become the open space of a vast love
That holds the pain of the world
And the pain of all the lies, and greed, and manipulation
Don’t deny it
Just hold it all in something that is greater
Never doubt the power of love’s vastness

This connectedness in love’s vibration
IS our unity
It IS our togetherness
Separation is easy
It’s what we’re taught and what we believe
Unity is a subtle energy, at least for now,
So we must grow it and feed it
And fan its flame
Love is the only way we can do it

Take heart beloved
We are in dynamic times
Pay attention below the surface
Behind the veil
There is a great window opening
And we are facing it…

In so much love

PHOTO by Gerd Altmann on Pixabay

Hold the Line of Goodness in Troubled Times

When our sense of security is threatened
Our deep primal survival instinct upended
Do we soften into a deep tenderness
Do we open our hearts and minds into acceptance
Or do we become triggered into panic
And the relentless stories of ‘this shouldn’t be happening,’

This is the path of the spiritual warrior
To stand in dignity and love anyway
To hold the line of goodness anyway
To be open to feel it all anyway
And for it to bring a radical intensity to life

There is a great window opened amidst us
We can look through it and see what we value
What we take for granted
What our deepest fears are
We can see all our vulnerabilities clearly
And we can choose how we respond

Are we pulled into the drama
Or can we practice moment by moment awareness
Surfing the rise and fall of the waves

Eve though others may be crazy
You and I can maintain our inner composure
Be still in all the movement
Practice self care and take compassionate action

To stand for dignity and humility
Is a service to others
Whether they see it or not.

Image by Stefan Keller from Pixabay

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.

Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay

In Love With Kindness

I am in love
Not with a person
But with kindness
My kindness
Or your kindness
Big acts of kindness
And small, unseen acts
I love kindness so much
It has become my life
Not in a grandiose way
But in an ordinary kind of way
It’s what I return to every day

When you see that cruelty
And everything that goes with it
Is a prison
And the only answer to the disease of cynicism is kindness
You will also fall in love

And if we all fall in love with kindness what would the world look like

And you don’t need to be rich, powerful or enlightened

You just have to fall in love
With being kind
To yourself
And to the world.

Love Changes You

Love changes you
If it doesn’t change you
It’s not the deepest love

Truth changes you
If it doesn’t change you
It’s not the deepest truth

Neither of these are of the mind
They are not beliefs
They are not fleeting emotions
Or things that come and go

When you are hit by love’s truth
Or you are met with truth’s love
It changes you
It does something deep to you
It transforms you, slowly or rapidly
It changes your story
It gets into your body, your bones,
It filters into your blood, brain and heart
It shows up in relationships
And in your work

It won’t go away
It calls you, in the depth of night
It doesn’t wait until things are good
It calls you when you are in pain
Or even in conflict

Love changes you
Unless you fight with it
And then you are caught, stuck
In a kind of limbo

I say, give yourself fully
To the change
Fighting it is a fruitless exercise
For love will have the last word anyway
At the moment of your departure
It will say, ‘I was calling you all the time.’

Let it change you now
And let it keep on changing you
An ever deepening journey
Into the mystery.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Love Is Your True State of Being

Some think of love
As something personal
That is given and taken
In transactional relationship

My experience of love
Is that it is a field of consciousness
The ground of our being
The natural state

And that we imagine ourselves
To be separate entities

We become filled with desires, fears
And a life of conditioning
And forget all about
Our natural state

We touch it when we love
We taste it when we merge with another
We seek it in our spirituality
We love things we like
And want more of them

But a love that comes and goes
Is dependent on others or things
Is not it
You have to go deeper than that
You have to go to the roots
To where the human meets the divine
To where the human becomes the divine

And there it is
Love as openness
Love as pure consciousness
Love as oneness
Not subject to the rules of duality

And when that is discovered
And lived from
The world stops pulling you
Into its incessant argument

It is the end of the argument.

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