Cathedral Heart

The heart is a cathedral
In which everything and everyone
Is allowed
The doors may seem shut
But they are not locked

We must use whatever keys we have
Whatever intention and persistence
Whatever softness and grace
Whatever resolve and earnestness
To simply open the door

How magnificent is the sight
When that happens
‘Oh my tender and sweet heart!’
You will sigh as gratitude
Pours out its love
An unstoppable stream of goodness
No longer tethered by mind’s righteousness.

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Be Generous With Yourself

There are some, for reasons we may not know or understand,
Who have become miserly with themselves
And miserly with their love
Miserly with their energy
Yet very generous with their judgment

Yet there are also some who, despite great hardship,
Or maybe because of it,
Have become profoundly generous with themselves
Generous with their love
Generous with their energy
And equanimous with their judgment

The same wounds can lead down one road
Or down another
And we each get to choose whether to be
Miserly or generous
Both roads are tough
But the miserly road causes personal suffering
And suffering to the world

We are in those times
When it may be easy to be miserly
Through no fault of our own
But to choose to be generous
Will bring love and beauty
To self and the world

If in doubt, choose generosity.

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In Our Grief

Speak only of tenderness
On days like these
Accept love’s open arms
And be held in the unconditional

In our grief a beauty shines

The heart is revealed
As not made of stone
But of flesh and blood and spirit
We are fragile creatures
Walking a precarious path
With little knowledge of what awaits

Today we are reminded
Of the preciousness of life.

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It All Comes Home

When everything comes home within you
It all comes home to an open heart
Resolved into tenderness
Returned to innocence
It becomes love
And you become love
It sounds elevated and unreachable
But it’s not, it is very human
It is nature’s pure intelligence
Seeking to resolve itself
Through you, as you.

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It’s OK To Feel

It’s ok to feel low
It’s ok to feel demoralized
It’s ok to feel angry
It’s ok to feel grief
It’s ok to feel fear
It’s ok to feel anxious
It’s ok to feel depressed
It’s ok to feel frustrated
It’s ok to feel bereft
It’s ok to not feel anything
It’s ok to not know
It’s ok to feel confused
It’s just ok

Don’t censor yourself
And draw erroneous lines
That dismiss some feelings
And choose others
Allow everything to flow
Just don’t attach
Over importance to it
And soon the drama of what is felt
Will lose its intensity
And equanimity will arise.

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The Gamble of Love

We risk it all every day
We are hardwired to it
And there is nothing we can do
Only the hardest of hearts
Can keep it out
And they suffer terribly

We gamble it all
Because we must
Because we are here
Because we are human

The risk is having our hearts broken
The gamble is loving without condition

There is no choice but to love
And the true human being
Is forged by a broken heart
For this is where we discover our humanity
And we see that humanity in others

Life is fragile and precious
How we forget this until we suddenly remember

I say remember how sacred everything is
And hold that sacredness close
Without fear or control
But with great tenderness.

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Moment of Grace

When life breaks you
When it finally brings you to your knees
Which it will do, unless your heart is made of stone,
But when that time comes
Please know you are in a moment of grace
When all the defenses previously employed have collapsed
And the water of the divine is flooding the land

This moment is when the illusion of separation
Between you and existence, you and god, dissolves
And all that remains is the eternal this-ness of life
If you are on your knees
Don’t get up, but live from that place
And your humility and truth will touch everyone
It will pour from you as it poured into you
This is beauty.

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The Joy That Follows the Rain

Yesterday I wept for my brokenness
For the wounds I carried through life
For the fear of abandonment
That drove me for so many years
To seek shelter in another’s arms
My how the tears burned and hurt

Today I am cleansed and softened
Those same wounds have become blessings
And all fear and vulnerability
Has transformed to tenderness
Today the past is a beautiful and sad story
For the heart welcomes everything home

I had forgotten the sweet joy
That follows the rain.

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Our Existential Dance

Consciousness is eternal
Form is temporary
We are that living juxtaposition
And between these two truths must we surf
Sometimes losing ourselves in the temporary
And sometimes resting in the eternal

There is no choice
But to relish this beautiful dance
Of apparent opposites
And to practice the deepest acceptance
Either that or grasp at one
At the expense of the other

Surrender to the truth my friend
And dance as if you had one foot in the world
And the other in eternity.
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Make Space For the Beloved

Let all this knowing and awareness
Fall into the temple of the heart
And there, let the clarity of our seeing
Begin a process of cleansing
So that we meet all the demons and shadows
All the toxic beliefs and imaginations
And allow them to return to source

The purifying of the heart is a kind of emptying
In which, without knowing how or why,
The more empty it is
The more filled it becomes with the beloved

It is possible to shift
From being self centered
To being beloved centered
Without becoming religious
It has nothing to do with beliefs

Make space within your heart
And the beloved will move in.

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