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: Apr 2

“The Spirit of the Wild”

green trees near lake during daytime

Out in the wilderness, simplicity and freedom reign supreme. Everything is just as it is.  Uncompromising in her beauty, fulfilled with seeking, the essence of truth reflected. Nothing in nature acts out of course…. for how could the most transcendent of God’s glorious expressions fall anything short of perfection? Want to know the true meaning of infinite wisdom and real diversity? Step into the wild and experience the wonder of being free!

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 30

“An Ode to my Beloved”

photo of mountains under blue sky

I can see you

I can feel you

And i can smell you

Oh supreme Goddess

Your divine fragrance is strong….

For your blooming spring flowers

Entrance my senses

And the glorious blue mountains

In whom you take your exalted form

Stirs something deep within me

That is so primal

Pure

And all knowing….

Oh, Eternal Goddess of truth and righteousness

How can I possibly ascend your rarefied peaks

When my own soul is still undeserving

Of your inextinguishable love?

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