Mindful Musings: Jan 26

“Wisdom to Carry”

By: Forrest Rivers

brown and green tree trunk

The drama of life will consume you

If your mind is focused everywhere but here

And everywhere but now….

The wise don’t run and cower

Under a canopy of self-delusion

They embrace the impermanent tides

Of suffering and joy like trees

Who cling not to the sun and rain….

The time arrives in everyone’s life

When all must surrender

To the winds of change and fear not

The steady march of father time….

Death, as we will find

Is our humble teacher

And trusted guide

To the world of the great unknown

To the word beyond our minds….

Turn within and decide

To live without ego and pride

Turn within and see

That the bliss of being free

Abides in the stillness of nature.

Mindful Musings: Jan 25

“The Gift of Every Step”

By: Forrest Rivers

person wearing green jacket standing on cliff facing mountain

            My mind is racing

            As a preoccupation with today’s worries consumes me

            My heart pounds harder and my chest feels heavy as lead,

            I inhale a long deep breath and then exhale

            My heart’s pounding rhythms subside

            And my chest begins to loosen,

            Remembering that God is this moment

            I acknowledge the majestic forest I walk through

            The forest acknowledges me back–

            With a thick blanket of mountain mist,

            My vision clouded

            I rely on intuitive sense to guide me along the steps

            That my faithful feet know all too well,

            Climbing higher still

            I grow inspired as the top draws near,

            With every step

            I feel the illusion of separation start to dissolve

            As I chart my path back to the Eternal One,

            Arriving at the mountain top I discover:

            I AM and I HAVE BECOME.

Mindful Musings: Jan 19

“A Faithful Remembrance”

By: Forrest Rivers

closeup photography of woman wearing floral skirt holding red gas lantern at brown grass field

Child of the night

I hear your cries

I hear your screams

And I feel your suffering

But keep your heart open

And head up wise one

For the incantations that you chant

Faithfully to yourself

Shall be answered one-hundred fold….

Always remember

Just like the seasons

You have danced this dance

And sung your soul’s heavenly chorus


Melancholy nights

Can not deter your spirit

From journeying to the light

That illuminates the divine within all.

Mindful Musings: Jan 18

“Remembering a Spiritual Warrior”

By: Forrest Rivers

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mathew Ahmann in a crowd of demonstrators at the March on Washington

The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr is an inspiration whose spirit lives on in the depths of our hearts and minds. Rarely, do beings come along who combine a deep inner faith in God with the collective vision of peace, unity, and love. In drawing upon this faith, Dr. King achieved what most social revolutionaries could not: a pure vision of brother and sisterhood. The true power of his message came from it being rooted in the spirit of Oneness. Because it was so, forever it will always be. Dr. King will rightfully be remembered for his monumental role in ending(formal)racial apartheid in the United States. However, it is his incorruptible faith in the inevitable moral evolution of man that will remain his most enduring legacy. As Dr. King, himself, once memorably said:

   “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”