Ruminating On Rumi

As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears.

~ M. Rumi

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Coming & Going

On sunny mornings at a particular time, ever changing as the seasons do, sun streams through the French doors and the hanging crystal balls. 

Then magic happens as fairies fly from their crystal palace and pattern the colours of the rainbow in this space and place. They dance and frolic throughout the room. My heart soars with the joy and delight of a child. 

Yet as the sun moves on its solar journey across the blue and vast sky of this summer day so to the fairies return to their crystal palace. 

This coming and going never saddens, the leaving and returning is the game. 

“In coming and going we never leave home.” 

Still my heart dances.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Pig Is Sitting

Woke early! Our days at Sesshin begin at 4 a.m. , so I've been practicing. Shortly, heading to Saturna Island for our 5-day Zen Meditation Retreat. Watching the sun turn the moisture on the shingles of the garage into steam. Earlier, a crescent moon, God's thumbnail, hung in a clear, dark sky. The wondrous roarings of heaven and earth rocked this world yesterday and the day before. The lightning bolts, a dazzling display of nature's art and the rumbling music of thunder.  And oh the rain, big, beautiful, lazily splashing raindrops sending forth that memorable fragrance. 

All the senses soak up this one amazing experience of life. Oh how blessed to be here now on earth in this body!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Survivors to Thrivers

Greetings Friends,
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Friday, July 6, 2012


Looking at quotes from the most amazing Joseph Campbell and was reminded of this one.
“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” 
Wow! Do we get this! This simple observation if taken to heart is profound. It is an invitation to “let go.”  Simply, stop expecting to control your life and those around you so that you/I can be safe. 
“The most important decision we make,” declared Albert Einstein, “is whether we believe we live in a friendly or a hostile universe.” 
Once we have declared this as our intention. Let it go. It will manifest through all you perceive in the analytical, linear left brain. Once the left brain feels safe and is busy with friendly, we have the opportunity to play from the right brain. Oh, how the universe loves to play!  Don’t believe me! Try this for yourself. 

tao te ching ~ 11

Today, don’t have much to say. Inviting self to stillness and a reminder of that which really matters is not matter or mind but our essential true nature, formless, presence, the space between words, the unborn.  Name it what you will, however, names are only symbols, pointers if you will. Lao-tzu through the heart of Stephen Mitchell points clearly to what is un-nameable. This chapter grabbed me many, many years ago perhaps in my teens, I have never forgotten it. 
tao te ching
amazing translation by 
Stephen Mitchell
We join spokes together in a wheel,
but it is the centre hole
that makes the wagon move.
We shape clay into a pot,
but it is the emptiness inside
that holds whatever we want.
We hammer wood for a house,
but it is the inner space
that makes it livable.
We work with being
but non-being is what we use.