We are intimately acquainted, you and me.
I am the Creator and Sustainer, the life force
that animates the trees, the faith that transforms
belief into something deeper.
I am as eloquent in death as birth, the always and
forever essence of emptiness and breath.
Speak any of ten thousand names and I am there
before the words leave your lips.
It is I who lift the heavens up, bind water into ice
or send it flowing toward the ocean.
You know me in every moment, yet you can’t own,
define, or even make me line up with what your mind
would posit as reality.
My presence doesn’t leave when your awareness
shifts from prayer to serving tea. The mind will
often need to focus elsewhere, but that doesn’t
change the truth of me.
There are countless ways I can present myself to you,
but what is it that I truly wish to say?
It’s this: Don’t miss me in the rush to get things done.
I’m here right now, the pinnacle and root of love.
You don’t have to stop doing what is yours to do,
retire to a cave, close the curtains tight, or meditate
from dusk to daylight.
I’m here right now. You are so much a part of me
that you tend to miss the forest in the trees.
Choose to behold me. Choose to know me. Choose
to acknowledge the communion occurring even as
you read these words.
Choice is all that is required for the spark of me
within you to catch fire.
this willingness to wake up from a sound, dreamless, and quiet sleep calls us to be visible, enlivened by truth, and present with the muck of the heart….this is humble work…..this is perspective from the deep….beautiful, mysterious work…..
Many indigenous cultures and spiritual traditions recognize four natural sanctuaries where we can remember and come home to who we are: the desert, the mountains, the waters, and the woods. Nature comes from the Latin ‘natus,’ ‘to be born.’ Native peoples look to these places for remembrance, soul retrieval work, and to be reborn or renewed. Because we are made from the natural elements- fire (our energy), air (our breath), water (our blood), and earth (our bones),- we are always drawn to come into harmony with the beauty of nature around us. It nourishes the soul and opens us to be born into the mysterious presence and promptings of our own vast inner world……Angeles Arrien
The way of Silence is more joyful than most other spiritual work mainly because it is not a path at all, and only requires that we look around and ‘feel,’ and as we notice these qualities of noise, it is possible to clear them, though not by doing anything in particular. Each time we notice some new noise we also find it possible to go even deeper into the Silence, and it is this deepening that does the clearing. Rhythm is as important as the practice itself because it brings us into harmony with the great rhythms governing the world: the rhythms of the growth and death of plants, the rhythms of the movement of the planets and the stars, the rhythms of the tides under the influence of the moon, and the rhythms of all organisms. These rhythms, in turn, reflect the movements of the planets. We start to sense the presence, at the edges of our body, of extremely subtle currents that have a unique quality. These currents are neither ‘energy’ nor the electromagnetic currents of the body. We experience the currents of Silence as being touched by a spiritual presence. The whole nature of the currents of Silence is that of the presence of an interiority…..Robert Sardello