So building fires
to the spaces in between,
as much as to the wood.
When we are able to build
in the same way
we have learned
to pile on the logs,
then we can come to see how
it is fuel, and absence of the fuel
together, that makes fire possible.
We only need to lay a log
lightly from time to time.
simply because the space is there,
in which the flame
that knows just how it wants to burn
can find its way.
To what degree are you building open spaces in your life? Are you giving yourself any space for reflection? Are you giving yourself any space for fun? Are you giving yourself any space for rest?
Recently, I was visiting a close friend of mine in Jacksonville, Florida who lives mere blocks from the beach. I decided to get up early in the morning to go for a bracing swim. Typically, when I go to a beach with waves, I love to get out beyond the breakers where the water is relatively calm, and simply allow the waves to pick me up and put me down as they move by on their way to break closer to the shore. Here, however, there seemed to be more than one set of Read more
â€œBe strong then, and enter into your own body;
there you have a solid place for your feet.
Think about it carefully!
Don’t go off somewhere else!
â€¦ just throw away all thoughts of
and stand firm in that which you are.â€-Kabir
Sometimes the hardest thing to do is stand firm. This has been a challenge for me recently. I have been learning how to listen to my heart instead of simply my head, learning how to accept and honor my own needs without feeling obligated to explain or justify them to anyone else, learning to say â€œnoâ€ to stepping off center because of â€œshouldsâ€ or guilt, and to stand firm in my own Read more
Within seven weeks almost to the day that my father passed away last November, my mother followed. In some ways it was a surprise, and in other ways, it made complete sense. They were both 91 years old and had been married 62 years. An image that remains ingrained in my mind is a time after I had taken them to dinner and was driving them home. The weather was nice, so instead of dropping them in front of their house, they asked to be let out at the corner to walk the rest of the way home. They exited the car and I watched as my father gently took my motherâ€™s hand and they walked slowly together up the slight incline of the block to their house; she walking with the aid of a cane and he, always a fast walker, slowing down to keep pace with her. Read more
Barn’s burnt down
Barn’s burnt down –
I can see the moon.
- Mizuta Masahide
The end of the year is a great time to take stock of all there is to be grateful for – the people in our lives, the experiences we have had, the learning we have gained, and the times we have laughed. Even if it’s been a challenging year, we can be grateful that we can now see the moon. What is the new moon that is now in your sight?
Wishing you joy, peace and blessings for the New Year.