Inner calmness is a way of being that can transform our lives. Taking one thing at a time as our focus, letting the imperfections of life be, fosters a sense of the present, a contentment with the moment. At first our meditation may develop in some ways but still be mixed with a quality of striving or judgment. As we sit, extraordinary levels of silence & peace can open for us. We can learn how happiness comes from a heart at rest & not from changing outer circumstances…….Jack Kornfield
can we allow this respite? the mystery of the individual life? infinity’s unapologetic movement while we sit…..do not harden the mask……may we soften the lines of living in our worn faces looking out, forever looking out…..
Close your eyes & relax into your body. Imagine a light all around you, the light of your soul. Then with your breath, draw that light into your body & bring it with your breath through every area of your body. This is a lovely way to pray, because you are bringing the soul-light, the shadowed shelter that surrounds you, right into the physical earth & clay of your presence. When you bring cleansing, healing soul-light into your body, you heal the neglected, tormented places. Your body knows you very intimately, it is aware of your whole spirit & soul life. The body is the angel of the life…..John O’Donohue
….my ode to one wing….
the quietude of a dream-
in this haze with eyes closed & sensing-
wishing I was above or below waves & wind;
with muted colors & that incredibly soft, sinking
the way I must always capture the deep
heart & expand from it.
now the colors of light fade & hold me
in a tiny world of warmth-
this gentle quiet slows my breath.