Thursday, March 29, 2007

I read something today that really shook me. It was a very strong speech by a Native American elder.

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.

It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking a fool for love, for your dreams, for the adventures of being alive.

It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life's betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain. I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn't interest me if the story you tell is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul, if you can be faithless and therefore be trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see beauty, even when it's not pretty, every day, and if you can source your own life from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand at the edge of a lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, "YES!"

It doesn't interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up, after the grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children.

It doesn't interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the centre of the fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you, from the inside, when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty hours.

Oriah Mountain Dreamer, Indian Elder

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

a ball of light
spins in the darkness

its edges project out
and lick the unknown

tastes are shared
light mixes with dark

the surrounding darkness

and is consumed
by the border of light

the ball grows
and spins in the darkness

Monday, March 19, 2007

the light is brighter from the inside
than from without

i'm keeping my eye on the light
that is glowing, never flickering

Monday, March 12, 2007

The first duty of love is to listen.

Paul Tillich

Friday, March 09, 2007



slip sliding away

Thursday, March 08, 2007

playing in the Light

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Your soul isn't in your body; your body is in your soul!

Alan Watts

Thursday, March 01, 2007

How you do anything is how you do everything.

Zen saying