Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Come Dance With Me

"Every child has known God, Not the God of names, Not the God of don'ts, Not the God who ever does Anything weird, But the God who knows only 4 words And keeps repeating them, saying: "Come Dance with Me."
- Hafiz

o world of spring and autumn, birth and dying
The endless cycle of idea and action,
Endless invention, endless experiment,
Brings knowledge of motion, but not of stillness;
Knowledge of speech, but not of silence;
Knowledge of words, and ignorance of the Word.
All our knowledge brings us nearer to our ignorance,
All our ignorance brings us nearer to death,
But nearness to death no nearer to GOD.
Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
The cycles of Heaven in twenty centuries
Bring us farther from GOD and nearer to the Dust.
~ TS Eliot

And he said: "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
~ Jesus

when was the last time
I lived life
with the exuberance of a child?

when was the last time
I gasped at a sunrise
jumped into a puddle
skipped through the house
danced and twirled in the sand?

when was the last time
my laughter was free and real
and my joy
just joy?

when was the last time
I danced like no one was watching?

when did life get lost
in the living?

when did the Sacred One become
a matter of ideology, and rules

rather than the one
who asks us to dance
the dance of life
with joy?

left foot
right foot
left foot

Monday, September 29, 2014

New Eyes

“For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh,


sometimes I am so insightful I scare myself
its uncanny

how well I can read another person
how brilliant I am about what needs to happen in our country
how I can know just what another person needs to do

I mean I know
I know
that the guy over there
yes that one

is a loser
no doubt about it
he will never amount to anything

I know she is
an regulated mess

I know that relationship
will never work

and yet
the path behind me is littered
with insights gone awry

with situations that were nothing like they seemed,
with sure winners
who faltered and failed
and total losers
who pulled it together and found a way
to grow, and flourish, and succeed

and how often have I trapped others
in my perception of them
how often have I defined them

how often have i trapped myself in fear an anger
because of belief
I could not release?

do you think
I need to
you need to…
we all need to let our eyes
be renewed?

Jesus eyes
Buddha eyes
Sacred eyes

humble eyes
loving eyes
compassionate eyes

eyes that know
there is more
much more
than they can see

eyes of hope

Sunday, September 28, 2014

As the World Turns

“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh

the day awaits
soon the inky darkness
will begin to fade

the day awaits
there are songs to sing
sermons to preach
articles to write
light bulbs to be changed
trees and pastures to be watered
people to support
meetings to attend

it is easy
to let the tyranny of the urgency win
to sit restless and anxious

to drink my coffee in a couple of gulps
while I type away on my computer
check my phone
listen to the new on the TV
think about the day


I don’t simply rush into the future
I run
and roll down the hill into the future

lying ultimately (at the end of the day)
battered and bruised and wondering
“what the hell just happened!”

“The oxen are slow but the earth is patient”
As the world gently