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

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


“When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That's the message he is sending.”
                                                                                                     Thich Nhat Hanh

There is so much suffering in this world
Suffering created by arrogance
Suffering created by hate
Suffering created by violence
And fear

Suffering created by greed
And lies

So many lies

It is hard for me to remember sometimes
That suffering comes from suffering

That those who lie and kill
Who stir up hate
Who exclude and judge

Who use power to minimize
And control

Are really people who
(whether they know it or not)

Are suffering at their core
They have souls that have been shriveled
Sometimes by abuse and violence
Some times by privilege and affluence

Which is why
Responding in kind does not work
It simply does not work

Our world does not need anger
That will not save it.

It needs compassion
It needs generosity
It needs open minds
Open heart
Open minds

It is not easy work
It does not always seem to be effective
But ultimately
It is

when will we ever learn?

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