be love

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I wanted to devour you soul
possess you
make you mine

you taught me
to be patient
to look inward
to find that space where there is no need
to possess
or own

a place where love grows
wild
carefree
allowed to exist
as it is meant to be

nurtured by acceptance
warmed by kindness
fed by tolerance

passion is quick
hot
bright
and burns out

love when it originates
from within
remains
forever
impossible
to kill
or extinguish

love is sufficient
unto love
it isn’t dependent on anyone

it can’t be found in another
if it doesn’t exist in you

it surrounds you
in your darkest hour
it holds you up
when you fall
it cradles you
when you know you can’t go on

it whispers to you
get up
your work here is not done

the prayer on my lips
this day and forever more
may all beings know love
may all beings be love

 

I saw Him

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I saw him
sitting on a dirty blanket
hand out
requesting help
others would say begging
I saw him
really saw him
battered by addiction
battered by this world
it wasn’t the coin
he craved
I felt his longing
for kindness
to be seen
to matter to someone
A man in a suit
tossed him a business card
“if you want money, I’ll give you a job”
he arrogantly stated
the suited man walked on
feeling empowered
the other man had lost
another piece of his dignity

I walked over to the man
I had nothing to give
but my smile
he took my smile
and he saw me
really saw me
and just for a brief blissful moment
we forgot our societal hierarchy
and become one
I carry him with me
everyday
a reminder
to see the divine
in every person I see
especially the down trodden
the homeless
the addicted
because I so clearly see
there but for the grace of the divine, go I

Graceless Lady

edvard-munch-scream-thumbGraceless Lady
i tried to break through
your armor of hate and discontent
i lost myself in your dark abyss
easily forgetting
me
as an individual
separate from you
i felt a responsibility to you
i tried to hold your pieces together
their sharp edges cut deep
i saw into your tormented soul
the suffering in your eyes
shattered me
i crawled away to lick my wounds
our faith broken
our exit anticlimactic
no bitterness
no regrets
just a knowing
of a karma completed
there was no turning back
no re-joining to be done
i gave you all that I had
I finally got my freedom
and I flew away without looking back

change me?

imageschange me?
do you think you can?
do you think you should?
I have been hand crafted by life
exactly as I am supposed to be
in this moment
in this life
every scar a reminder
of what I can endure
every experience a lesson
in love
in pain
in ecstasy
no, I wish not to be changed
by you
I may be changed because
of you
but I will not change to be
with you

When Beauty Beckons

513216739_h7S6BUCC_c-1Finding beauty every day is a practice.  It is in our nature to constantly evaluate if we like or dislike something.  Switching that focus to appreciation, gratitude, and beauty will result in deeper, more meaningful life experiences by reducing stress and increasing joy. The more we practice, the easier it becomes.

How do we do this practice?  As soon as you find yourself lost in negative evaluation, immediately stop and say internally “What am I grateful for in this moment? Where can I look to find beauty?”  You will be amazed at what the eyes of gratitude and beauty will show you.

This is not easy.  No one gets through this life unscathed by tragedy, death, and drama.  When we are in the throws of emotional instability it is very difficult to find beauty or gratitude.  That is why it is so important to practice this before you are going through difficulties as your mind and body will know how to grasp on to something positive.  It may be as simple as gratitude for your breath. As I breath in, beauty surrounds me, as I breath out, I release all the burdens that I am carrying.

When beauty beckons you
follow her
as she has so much to share
she sits waiting
alone
wanting to be of service
but her shadow
gets all of the attention
her shadow is kept busy
showing all the violence, hatred, and negativity
that appears prevalent in this world
no one has time to gaze upon beauty
to stand in awe
to open up and receive all that nature is willing to give
I say surrender to beauty
she will never disappoint
let her show you
the magnificence of your body and mind
let her soar through you
become intoxicated
with the oneness of all