“Spirit”

brown concrete statue of man

Raw

Unfiltered

Connection….

The kind you feel

On a long walk

Through a heavy fog

Rising above blue mountains….

A still presence

Uplifting hearts

Beating in tandem

To Mother Nature’s song

THIS ETERNAL MOMENT,

Marking a beginning’s end

And an end’s beginning….

A precious breath

Inhaling and exhaling

The exquisite wonders

Of God’s forms

And all which lies beyond the void

In that formless space

Where the seeds of our desires merge

With the infinite potential

Of an ancient wisdom graciously bestowing

Gifts of plenty

As polarities dissolve into a harmonic mist

Of one mind

Giving birth

To one soul….

Speak of this connection

And watch it fade

Like memories from a distant time and place

Corrupting what is pure

Whenever two may gather

In the name of love.

“Dying into Life”

gold bell hanging on brown wooden wall

Birth dies into life

Death gives birth again

In an endless cycle

For you to find

Your Buddha nature….

Impermanent

Like the winds of change

Yet, there is something

That still remains

Underlying our true essence….

Luminous

Like a full moon rising

And all knowing

Like eagles soaring

It is the spring lotus

Of awareness blooming…

Try to grasp it

And it slips away

Try to name it

And it defies you

This inner witness cannot be tamed

By your mind’s deceptive tricks

Of narrow conceptions….

When the fear of dying falls away

What is there left to say?

Birth and death are the same.

“Mountain Heaven”

silhouette of mountain under white and yellow sky

It was a beautiful day outside. The birds were singing, the sun was shining brightly and a cool autumn breeze swept across the countryside. I was hiking with my dear friend Jamie back down forest service road 316, a gorgeous trail in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. We had walked about six miles and were 20 minutes from my car when the Divine fully presented itself. We had stopped to smoke a bit of herb and to reflect on our inspiring journey. To commemorate the moment, I expressed to Jamie that I wished to recite a few prayers that I had compiled over the past week. The collection included sacred Buddhist, Sioux Indian, Hindu, Sufi and Christian invocations to the Absolute. I opened my journal and began to read the first lines from the Buddhist-Loving Kindness selection:

 “May all beings be free from danger

  May all beings be free from mental suffering…”

At the exact moment that I recited these lines, a pack of wolves began howling in unison with the prayer. The tone of their soulful expressions was both haunting and awesome. The hairs on our necks stood at full attention. It felt as though the wolves were inside our souls playing their heart-stringed instruments. Because It was nearing sunset, I immediately placed my beloved companion, Abbie, on leash and finished reciting the Buddhist prayer. I then listened… mesmerized.  After a minute or two, the primal sounds of howling stopped. Jamie and I then glanced at one another in silent recognition of this divine moment. Chills went down our spines, as it became evident to us that the Infinite was speaking through the wolves. What were these loyal beings trying to convey? Oneness. Unity. Stillness. Sacred Earth Connection.  As we continued our walk back down to the car, the energy of the forest felt particularly heightened and pure. Soon, the glorious sun began to set over majestic blue mountains and I knew deep within that my home was heaven on earth.