Mindful Musings: Apr 16

“Our Original Nature”

green trees near lake and mountain under white clouds during daytime

A seeker of truth traveled a very long way to a hermit meditating in a cave and asked:

“Excuse me venerated sir, but please answer me one question.”

 A twinkle of wisdom sparkled in the hermit’s eyes as he smiled at the stranger seated before him on the ground and said:

“You have journeyed all this way to ask what man’s original nature is? Is that correct?”

In awe of the hermit’s ability to read his mind, the seeker of truth nodded his head yes.

The hermit then spoke again:

“Tell me, young seeker, when you see your own reflection in a mountain creek is it distorted in anyway?’

The seeker of truth replied:

“I believe it is not, venerated sir. It is clear and resplendent. So much so, that it sometimes appears that I am staring into the mirror of eternity.”

The same twinkle of wisdom sparkled in the hermit’s eyes again as he simply said:

“Clear and resplendent. That is the original nature of man. Everything else that has been added is but an illusion of his natural state.”

Mindful Musings: March 29

“luminous Essence”

“Luminous Essence”

Having too little faith will turn one into a hopeless nihilist

But having an abundance of faith will attract others to your light

Don’t be like a dog chasing its tail

Or an office worker complaining day in and day out

Doing nothing to improve their lot—-

For behind all the world’s illusions lies the ultimate reality

At once transcendent and imminent

Filled to the brim with love

Beyond birth

Beyond death

Omnipresent

Within everything

But like an old lamp

You have to first remove the layers of dust

To see its luminous essence.

Forrest Rivers is a writer and teacher who lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. His new book, COVID-19 and Humanity’s Spiritual Awakening is now available on Amazon HERE.

Mindful Musings: Mar 24

“A Glimpse of Eternity”

2 person standing on rocky hill near green trees under blue sky during daytime

Walking

In the direction

Far away

From our broken

Low down society

Rotten

Like spoiled milk

I may just leave

Everything behind today

To gain a glimpse

Of that unspoken truth

The TAO of new beginnings

And Buddha meeting Christ

On the winding road of love….

The sun sets

the moon emerges

And still I wander

To where?

I don’t know

To when?

I haven’t a clue!

How long,

Until I decide

To effortlessly flow

With the eternal springs of life?

Forrest Rivers is a writer and teacher who lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. His new book, COVID-19 and Humanity’s Spiritual Awakening is now available on Amazon HERE.

Mindful Musings: Jan 16

“Perennial Secrets”

By: Forrest Rivers

man opening his arms wide open on snow covered cliff with view of mountains during daytime

Our Memories may fade away

Our bodies may decay

And our hair may turn grey

But our souls will always remain

Young and vibrant

Shining eternally

Ever present

Like the shifting winds

Or the change of the seasons

The physical world

Is but a training ground

For the blissful reunion

Of our spirits with the one

That has many names

So live free

Laugh often

Be a light onto others

And don’t take life so seriously

Then you will truly see

The joy of being.