an invitation

Last night as I was sleeping,

I dreamt—marvelous error!—

that a spring was breaking

out in my heart.

I said: Along which secret aqueduct,

Oh water, are you coming to me,

water of a new life

that I have never drunk?

Last night as I was sleeping,

I dreamt—marvelous error!—

that I had a beehive

here inside my heart.

And the golden bees

were making white combs

and sweet honey

from my old failures.

Last night as I was sleeping,

I dreamt—marvelous error!—

that a fiery sun was giving

light inside my heart.

It was fiery because I felt

warmth as from a hearth,

and sun because it gave light

and brought tears to my eyes.

Last night as I slept,

I dreamt—marvelous error!—

that it was God I had

here inside my heart.

~Antonio Machado

these delicate cycles of low-lying hope and sky-high mystery

inquiry for today~ I wish for you- a wide and fluid experience of emptiness….

search and love

Realizing the true nature of self allows us to live our lives within this understanding. And because of this, because there is no absence of enlightenment, in all moments and in all circumstances there is falling to the ground, and there is using the ground to stand. There is meeting an impenetrable barrier, and there’s leaping free of that barrier. There is studying the self and forgetting the self, there is holding on, and there is letting go. There is giving up, and there is taking the next step. There is resilience. Resilience which is a manifestation of emptiness, is related to perseverance. To have resilience is to rebound, to jump or take a leap, to be flexible.

~Geoffrey Shugen Arnold

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