Mindful Musings: Mar 7

“A Wise Man Once Said”

By: Forrest Rivers

red and white pagoda temple surrounded by green trees during daytime

A very wise man once said:

“One who knows does not speak

And one who speaks does not know”

Clearly, I do not yet know

So hear me speak now as a fool….

“I am separate from the whole”

The wise man chuckles to himself

And scribbles this message to me on paper

So as not to break his vow of silence:

“You shall transcend the limits of your own mind

And be free when you see that you are just a part of it all.”

Mindful Musings: Feb 23

“The Network”

By: Forrest Rivers

person in white shirt sitting on rock near body of water during daytime

Like the connected roots of trees

Like the cells within our bodies

Like the cycle of the seasons

And like the movement of the Cosmos

We are part of a vast and mysterious network

Where all seeming parts

And polarities

Merge back into One again…..

Seen through an untrained mind

Water is only water

Flowing by without much notice

Seen through an awakening mind

Water is sacred water

Flowing with purpose from an unnamed source

But seen through the realized mind

Water is the essence

Of everything and nothing….

One without a second

No illusion of “I” and “them”

The whole cannot be made separate

From the fruits of nature that are born….

Presence and attention

Will take you far

And deep

To what is

This experience NOW.

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 9

“Earth Viewed from Space”

By: Forrest Rivers

view of Earth and satellite

If only we could view the Earth from the perspective of an astronaut in outer space. Then, we might finally marvel in wonder at this vast blue sphere of awe that we inhabit. Among the first things to be noticed from space would be the miraculous interrelation of all Earth’s land masses and oceans.  We would profoundly see that both expressions of creation form a mosaic of incomprehensible unity and perfection. As we continued to stare off in admiration of our Divine Mother, indescribable waves of love and compassion would fill our souls with faith and understanding. We would instantly recognize that all the wars and greed; and all the famines and disease are products of the illusion of separation. We would then feel this burning love and compassion grow into a space of wisdom as vast as the Universe itself. We would come to know that all forms are projections of the One Universal mind.

Mindful Musings: Jan 23

“Interfaith”

By: Forrest Rivers

man wearing red headdress

“Interfaith”

Listen now as Krishna speaks

Through the wisdom of your third eye,

The Rastas’ focus is on “we”

But firmly rooted in I and I,

Native souls find God in Earth

The water and trees are our true guides,

Look to Christ when you are weak

 Jesus hears your inner cries,

The Buddha taught to look within

And be present all the time,

Mohammad spoke of eternal bliss

In the now and afterlife,

It is God’s pure knowledge which all faiths seek

Let us embrace this common tie—-

And work for peace. 

Mindful Musings: Jan 15

“Sub Ek”(All One)

By: Forrest Rivers

white petaled flower

The form and the formless

The senses emerging and then withdrawing again

The breath rising and falling

The Earth’s transcendence ends where it begins

No mind but inside and outside all emotions

The union of energy and matter undefined

Without an origin before the act and nameless when it sleeps

Beyond the range of all perceptions and limits

Pure creation

           

You are:

           

Pure creation

Beyond the range of all perceptions and limits

Without an origin before the act and nameless when it sleeps

The union of energy and matter undefined

No mind but inside and outside all emotions

The Earth’s transcendence ends where it begins

The breath rising and falling

The senses emerging and then withdrawing again

 The form and the formless.