Poetry

During this transformative period of my life, I have been influenced by several things and one of those has been poetry. I offer six here for you to reflect on.


The Unknown

How quickly the void
moves to be filled
with another’s
ideas and ways to be.

How rare to surrender to
the void….
to a space and time
of no direction
no identity defining
the fabric of a life.

To simply stay in the Openness…

To be willing to watch
the tides of possibilities
roll in and out again.

To be willing to stay
in this uncomfortable
and unfamiliar ambiance

Until Openness, itself
is recognized as the only
true ground of Being.

– Patricia Brown

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

– Jelaluddin Rumi, translation by Coleman Barks

Love

When you love, give it everything you’ve got
And when you’ve reached your limit,
Give it more and forget the pain of it
Because as you face your death, it’s only the love which will count.

All the rest
The accomplishments and struggles, the fights
will be forgotten in your reflection
and if you have loved well, then it will have been worth it
and the joy of it will last you through to the end,
but if you have not death will always come too soon
and be too terrible to face.

– Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Love

The world is neither unhappiness nor happiness
The world becomes the same as we see it.
Our vision is the world
Each person is the creator of his own world
If every moment of life gives you unhappiness, then the mistake is somewhere in your own vision
And if all that you see around you is darkness then certainly you are keeping closed the eyes that see the light
Give a fresh thought to yourself
Look at yourself from a new angle
If you put the blame on others, you will never be able to see your own mistake.
If you put the blame on circumstances, you will not be able to penetrate the roots of your own mental state.
Hence, whatever the situation, proceed to discover its causes in yourself.
Causes are always in one’s own self
But they always appear to be in others
Avoid this mistake and it will be difficult to preserve your unhappiness
Others function only as mirrors
The face seen is always our own
Life can become a celebration
But it is necessary to create oneself a new
And that is not a difficult thing
Because in the very seeing of the fault in one’s own vision
The mistakes start dying and the birth of a new person begins.

– Osho from the book A Cup of Tea

As I Began to Love Myself

As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth.
Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY”.

As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody As I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me.
Today I call it “RESPECT”.

As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow.
Today I call it “MATURITY”.

As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm.
Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE”.

As I began to love myself I quit steeling my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm.
Today I call it “SIMPLICITY”.

As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism.
Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF”.

As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since I was wrong less of the time.
Today I discovered that is “MODESTY”.

As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worry about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where EVERYTHING is happening.
Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “FULFILLMENT”.

As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But As I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally.
Today I call this connection “WISDOM OF THE HEART”.

We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born.
Today I know THAT IS “LIFE”!

– Self Love Poem by Charlie Chaplin

Christ Has No Body

Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
compassion on this world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.

– Teresa of Avila

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

Jane Goodall