Simple Delight

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For one moment,
stop asking
Why
How
When...
and just observe.
The consciousness in you
can take in this moment,
can see all of it,
experience it fully,
without the labels
the mind invents
in its desperate attempt
to comprehend the incomprehensible.
And as soon as we start
labeling,
our focus in narrowed
and we can no longer see
the big picture–
we see only the thing
we are labeling.
Let the one who questions
rest for one tiny moment
in the neutral space of being.
Turn your awareness back inside
to look at your awareness.
Begin to sense the infinite nature
of consciousness.
You will grow giddy
and be delighted
by the most simple
little things.

Who Are You?

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Who is the watcher behind your eyes
and the listener inside your ears?
Who is the speaker inside your mouth
and the thinker within your mind?
When you are thirsty,
who reaches for the glass of water,
and who decides when your thirst
is satisfied?
Who are you?
Your name is not enough,
neither is your gender nor your age,
nor your job, nor whom you know
nor to whom you are related,
nor are your experiences enough
to describe who you are.
There is a self beyond all of these,
a self that witnesses your name,
your history, your likes and dislikes,
your hopes and fears,
your elation and your heartbreak.
This self witnesses your experience
of bodily sensations
and yet it is not your body.
Who are you?
Who are you really?
Mere words cannot contain you,
nor can pictures or sounds of any kind.
The indescribably beautiful awareness,
the consciousness of your consciousness
cannot be defined.
Let it rest then.
Let the self rest and observe
and settle into the place of witness.
Keep asking the question
Who am I?
And perhaps one day
you’ll remember
the timeless ground of being
the open doorway
the infinite nature
of the self, the true self,
the source of all that is.

Precious Presence

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Forget about the shopping–
give a hug, a flower, a smile,
your time.
We surround ourselves with things,
but none of it can come with us
when we leave this world.
How do you want to be remembered?
We can be distracted
in pursuit of things,
or we can be here,
open heart, open eyes,
present for our loved ones.
Sit with your beloveds,
be still and quiet,
look at them, see them,
really listen.
Your loving presence
is the most precious of presents.

Closer to Freedom

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Our rigid beliefs and expectations
form a prison around our minds,
a prison of our own making.
If we made it, we can knock it down.
But the door is open,
the key is in our hands.
It doesn’t have to be dramatic;
we don’t have to stage a demolition–
we can just stand up and leave.
And we don’t have to turn around
and analyze  it;
we can simply look forward
and with each step
move closer to our freedom.

Bliss Without Condtions

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Coming back to the gifts we offer–
I’ve been toying with the idea
of having this beautiful gift and
wanting to sharing it
and being okay when we encounter
others who don’t really want
the gift we have to share.
If we have the expectation
that someone reacts a certain way
to our offering–
maybe with appreciation or delight
or admiration or reciprocity,
and then they reject our offering,
it it easy to feel saddened, angry,
resentful, hurt.
News flash!
We don’t need everyone
to love and approve of us.
We don’t need everyone
to want what we have to offer.
If we are clear about who we are
and what we have within us,
our clarity will speak for us,
and our words and actions
will ring with deep truth.
This is living with integrity.
The way we choose to live each day
will determine how we experience
the totality of our lives.
Know your gift,
share your gift
and don’t expect anything in return.
This is bliss without conditions.

What is Your Gift?

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What is the gift you are offering?
And I’m not talking about
a teddy bear, or a mug,
or a Starbucks gift card
that you give someone
to show your appreciation…
I’m asking you,
what is your gift?
What non-physical gift,
what quality,
are you offering with your presence?
Is it love?
Patience?
Generosity?
Is it peace?
Strength?
Kindness?
Consider this:
Whether you know it or not,
you are constantly
transmitting and receiving;
your body-mind-spirit self
is an antenna, a channel,
a receptacle, a beacon.
Are you sending out
fear, anxiety, mistrust, resentment?
Are you taking in
the fear, anxiety, mistrust
and resentment of others?
When you choose to awaken,
you can be very clear
about what you receive
and what you send out
and your presence
can be a source of comfort
and help to countless beings.
As you face the busyness
of this holiday season,
choose one soul quality to offer
to the world;
let this quality be your gift.
Set the genuine intention to
share it freely with all beings
known and unknown.
As you breathe in,
receive your gift
from the source of all that is:
Love from the source of love,
Patience from the source of patience,
Generosity from the source of generosity,
Peace from the source of peace
Strength from the source of strength,
Kindness form the source of kindness.
Fill yourself to the brim with this soul quality,
feel it alive within you, bubbling up,
radiating outwards.
As you breathe out,
beam this quality out
into the world to all beings,
with no exception.
Everyone will be blessed
by this work you do.
Everyone will benefit
from the gift you give
from your quiet, open heart.

From All Directions

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No need to rehash the past…
it’s time consuming
and energy draining.
A simple acknowledgment
of the wrongs you committed
and some concrete action
to rectify them will suffice.
It’s a relief to let go of the need
to replay every last little detail–
you have so much more presence
when you aren’t absorbed
by your past story.
When you have done the best you can
to make amends,
set down the burden of guilt,
and keep setting it down
if you find yourself
unconsciously picking it up.
This is a practice,
and you are human.
Be patient.
If you have lived decades of your life
looking backwards
you’ll need to give yourself some time
before you can truly see this moment.
Once your eyes are opened
you’ll be astounded at all the blessings
surrounding you,
pouring into you from all directions.