Mindful Musings: Apr 1

“Silent offerings”

yellow flowers on brown rock formation

Silent offerings

From a distant time and place

Memories keep me near

To the source

Where I can hear:

Cool water

Raining down

Jagged rock faces

Into God’s pool below

To merge with what came before

Birth and death.

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 16

“Cosmic Fractals”

By: Forrest Rivers

blue and purple galaxy digital wallpaper

Mysterious wonder

Fractals of a unified Cosmos

Ancient secrets

Kept by the wisest sages

Revealing truths

Into the spirit of our being….

Imagine the tallest mountains

Picture the flowing rivers

See the old growth forests

Teeming with the wisdom

Of the ages….

We are all that and more!

From the One we were birthed

To the One we will return

When we shed the mask

That hides

who we truly are.

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 5


By: Forrest Rivers

black dog on grass field

Water flows with ease down the mountainside

Golden leaves line the soft and fertile ground

A cold breeze whistles through the rarefied air

Ancient stones lay unearthed with stories to tell

A happy dog prances through wild green pastures….

You say you want proof that God really exists

You say you want to feel a cosmic connection

But are you willing to look beyond within

Through to the gates of heaven?

The proof you seek is found all around you….



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 14

“Believe in yourself”

By: Forrest Rivers

brown trees beside river during daytime

Believe in yourself

And never doubt

 The tides that pull you out

And back to shore again….

 You are simply divine

A miracle

And a strand of cosmic awareness

Blowing in the wind

To enchant all

Who are blessed to cross your path….

So, always remember your self-worth

And reach for the stars

For your hopes and dreams

Will surely come true.

Mindful Musings: Dec 30th

“The Great Tao”

By: Forrest Rivers

One day, I sat by a roaring creek with a heavy heart, and this is what it said to me:

“Dear seeker, have you ever noticed that I never stop moving? Day and night, rain and shine, summer and winter… never do I cease from carrying my lifeblood to all beings. You don’t think I have days when I lament my circumstances? Flash floods, droughts and toxic chemicals dumped in my crystal-clear blue waters can certainly put a damper on my day!

“Yet, I must flow on, so that I may merge with the rivers on our journey to fill great lakes and oceans. My purpose is to flow, that is my dharma… my eternal destiny!”

Intrigued by this wise and talking creek, my melancholy mood began to fade, and I asked it a question: “How do you know to flow? Whenever I try to figure out my higher purpose or dharma, as you call it, I grow more anxious and confused. Please teach me how to flow, so I may, at last, discover my destiny.”

The creek replied in a hushed tone that brought my attention fully to the moment:

“How does a cat know to hunt? How does an eagle know that its purpose is to soar high above the mountains, as God’s first messenger? How do trees know to shed their glorious leaves in the fall, and how to synthesize life-giving oxygen from sunlight?

“Intuitively, all sentient beings know how to act in harmony with their purpose. Even your own kind have this knowing deep within you. Sadly, many of your human brethren just convince themselves that they don’t have such wisdom and submit their souls’ power to their minds. Please remember, the mind is a wonderful servant but a terrible master!”

The creek paused for a moment and then continued, “Are you at all familiar with the Great Tao?”

I shook my head no.

“Well, the Great Tao is that mysterious life-force energy that all things in this world originate from, are always one with and will return to again. The Great Tao is the perfectly seamless marriage of past, present and future, set against a backdrop of infinite stands in space. 

“The Great Tao is like water. For IT carves its path through the canyons, with no mind that it’s moving or shaping anything. Yet, at the same time, the Great Tao contains the full awareness of everything in the Universe. IT is the sublime manifestation of both the form and the formless. Beyond the cycle of birth and death, the Great Tao is as present in IT’s devotees’ mystical prayers and incantations as IT is in a mother nursing her newborn child.

“Lao Tzu, the ancient Chinese sage who first gave breath to the expression of the Great Tao, described it as the common ancestor of all things. Learn to flow with IT, not against, and the deepest mysteries of being, including your own destiny, shall be revealed.”

The creek stopped speaking and returned again to its silent meditation. In that moment, I, too, grew silent for the first time, and heard the ebbs and flows of the creek. It was singing a beautiful song of joy and sorrow, of love and heartbreak, of light and darkness and of faith and fear.

I slowly submerged my body in the creek’s holy water, and suddenly burst out laughing. For just as everything once was, everything will be again!