“No experience has been too unimportant, and the smallest event unfolds like a fate, and fate itself is like a wonderful, wide fabric in which every thread is guided by an infinitely tender hand and laid alongside another thread and is held and supported by a hundred others.”—Rainer Maria Rilke
dusky haze of sunset across the ridges driving north, where home waits in palo santo smoke & last warmth in pine air. heart light still pulsing hard from my practice, from the summer sun in your eyes; a ring of flowers, a braid of grass, every circle referent to this fullness; and the great maw of the open sky, leo setting in the redness of the west, the dippers arching our necks like a kiss; the song of the coyotes, louder than ever, more haunting even than the whistle of the train our ears follow east, to the clouds that move over the earth like hands on a body, the soil all warm & alive in the gloaming as astounded at our touch as we are; a quick light across the eyes, a sudden gasp in the dark.
“Time and again human consciousness fixates, and slams the door on its greatest gift, the open-endedness of infinite possibility. As a result we do not experience reality but merely our concept of it.”—José Argüelles
“All the universe is one bright pearl— we do not speak of two pearls or three pearls … Your whole body is a radiant light. Your whole body is Mind in its totality … your whole body knows no hindrance. Everywhere is round, round, turning over and over …”—Eihei Dogen
Can you recommend some books? Maybe a list of your favorites?
most recently I really loved tales of adam by daniel quinn, it’s really short & sweet but so profound I’m still thinking about it. (and the illustrations are beautiful!) other books that come to mind that I’ve read in the last year and loved were:
becoming animal by david abram
animal, vegetable, miracle by barbara kingsolver (I’d recommend any book of hers, actually)
the snow leopard by peter matthiessen
soulcraft by bill plotkin
the wild marsh by rick bass
mother of pearl by melinda haynes
I’m always looking for new books to devour— fiction or non— so anyone should feel free to reply to this post with recommendations of their own. much love!
just be a witness and you will see the magic of it
tonight we received darshan from swami chidanand saraswati, who blessed us with a really simple but beautiful satsang. so much precious wisdom to take away from this night, but what struck me the most wasn’t even something he said— it was the parting words of sadhvi bhagwati, so full of fiery clarity & serenity at his side. suddenly, out of nowhere it seemed, she was talking about healing. my ears were perked, for obvious reasons. she said, in a nutshell, everything that happens to you has been sent to you so that you can take one step closer to god. it might be wealth, it might be poverty, it could be sickness or good health. we don’t know the plan, we don’t always understand why things happen to us. so we surrender. we say, thy will be done. we trust the plan, and the path home.
(wouldn’t you know there were three easter lilies on the platform at their feet!)
yes. I remember now. again, and again, and again. hands in anjali mudra, heart wide open. grace all around.
I got it at the co-op where I work— most health food stores should have the dr. bach remedies. a vial is something like seven dollars? you can make yr own, too, by soaking three easter lilies in a pan of water in the sun for a few hours. they generally only bloom in late spring, though.
“This is the heart of spiritual awakening: to realize that what we have always yearned for is the very thing, in our deepest source, that we have always been. Freedom is always available to us. In those very moments when we don’t know, when we take the backward step, heart wide open, we fall into grace.”—Adyashanti
“Silence is the ground from which awakening springs. It’s a listening. It’s a deep, wordless listening. As one wise Christian mystic said, ‘Stop telling God what you want, and instead listen to what God has to say to you.’”—Adyashanti