Open so wide the World finds its HOME

The snow fell in Santa Fe
And drew us inside
I stayed close to myself
And allowed a soft quietness
To flow into everything
A peaceful acceptance descended upon me
And in that peace I remembered you all
And as I sit here now
I hold you in a loving embrace

Everything is allowed
In this heart
I will not turn away from darkness
Or the wounds of the past
I will not turn away
From pain or suffering
Whether it is my own
Or yours

But will open so wide
The whole world
Will find it’s home
And come to rest
And, just for a moment,
Before all activity starts again,
We can simply be here
Together
In this silence
And witness the beauty
Of eternity
In each others eyes and hearts

This is the love that heals
And only love heals the world.

for one moment, just stop

for one brief moment
see if it is possible
to stop, without force,
all concern with your seeking activity
just see if you can
let it all just be there
without touching it
or reacting to it
allow everything
to be just the way it is
without wanting it to be any different

if you can do such a thing
even for the briefest moment
you will have touched silence
your true home
and if you can endeavor to move and act
and live
from this silence
it will change everything
within and without
for the rest of your life.

in love with softness

i am in love with the softness that reveals itself

when we let go of any defensiveness

when we open the door

and let everything pour in and out

such exquisite tenderness does not come easily

and so many spend their days struggling to avoid it

yet they miss the taste of love itself

this simple truth is the essence of my poetry and my life.

to live as stillness

to live as stillness
is the hardest challenge
being calm and peaceful
when all around may rage
like a tornado
requires great courage
and mindfulness

i am reminded of the bamboo
that thrashes around
windswept
yet at its core
it is gracefully peaceful

the world is as wild as the wind
it will never leave you alone
but you must learn the art
of leaving it alone