take a closer look


Hokusai says look carefully

He says pay attention, notice.

He says keep looking, stay curious.

He says there is no end to seeing.

He says everything is alive-

Shells, buildings, people, fish

Mountains, trees. Wood is alive.

Water is alive.

Everything has its own life.

Everything lives inside us

He says live with the world inside you.

It matters that you care.

It matters that you feel.

It matters that you notice.

It matters that life lives through you.

Look, feel, let life take you by the hand.

Let life live through you.

~Roger Keyes

yes, in this particular moment….yes, with colors that we have forgotten bring us peace, yes, when clouds spill into view as slow as honey…..to really see is to really be here……

When we are free of mental concepts and our senses are awake, the sounds, smells, images and vibrations we experience connect us with all life everywhere. It is not my pain, it is the earth’s pain. It is not my aliveness bu simply life- unfolding and intense, mysterious and beautiful. By meeting the changing dance of sensations with radical acceptance, we discover our intrinsic belonging to this world. We are “no thing”- not limited to any passing experience- and “everything,” belonging to the whole. As we move from resisting our physical experience to bringing radical acceptance to the life living through us, we awaken from trance.We open to the fullness and mystery of our life. Each moment we wakefully “let be,” we are home. ~Tara Brach

distracted by aliveness

I think it pisses God off

if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere

and don’t notice it.

~Alice Walker

2 thoughts on “take a closer look

  1. When I look at all the garbage among the flowers I have to wonder what others see, how this could be, that a river bank is cover with the cast off remains of human progress, and yet the earth raises the joy of a wild flower bed around it all. Nature gods continue to show us love, and how to love … Seeing the purple flowers is the fist step …

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