Mindful Musings: Mar 5

“The Secret of Emptiness”

By: Forrest Rivers

cougar on brown rock formation

A disciple approached his master and asked:

“Venerable One, what is Emptiness?”

The master smiled warmly and pointed his finger

At jagged snowcapped peaks, off in the distance

The disciple bowed and began walking

In the direction of the glorious mountains

Then, suddenly, he froze in terror as a mighty cougar

Crossed his path

The disciple shot a frightful look at his master

Who now calmly stood pointing his finger at the wild being

After a few tense moments, the cougar slowly walked away

And the master lowered his finger

Bewildered, the disciple inquired of the sage once more:

“But I thought you said the mountains were emptiness?

 How can the cougar be it too?”

The master smiled and again pointed his finger

But this time at his disciple’s feet

The disciple looked down and then back up

Only to see the same cougar cross his path again

He turned in horror and ran as fast as his feet would carry him!

When the cougar was finally out of sight,

the disciple stopped to catch his breath

And he attained instant enlightenment!

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: Feb 28

“The Great Self”

By: Forrest Rivers

gray-and-black mallard ducks flying during day time

When the wind whispers

When the birds cry

When the thunder rumbles

And when the Earth shakes

Who is there to report

The glorious news

Of THIS moment’s promise?

When the wind whispers to your heart

When the birds cry in the trees

When the thunder rumbles overhead

And when the earth shakes beneath your feet

The transcendence of little self

Gives way to the heaven

Of the Great Self.

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: Feb 21

“Purify Desire”

By: Forrest Rivers

forest trees

You and me

Can’t you see

That we are one

Family….

In the night

My soul can breathe

Keep me free

From toxicity….

The light is in you

The light is in me

Pure spirit is our fire

Wake up and be ….

All our desires

Are make believe

Seek only wisdom

Like silent trees.

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 31

“Great Virtues”

By: Forrest Rivers

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The world’s greatest masters

Are not all born wise

The world’s tallest mountains

Took eons to rise

All baby birds

Must first learn to fly

And even brother moon

Waits to emerge in the night….

What makes you think

Your path is any different?

Be patient

Be faithful.

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