Tag Archives: openness

Real Relationship

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I find my anger is getting out of hand,
hot, explosive, uncontrollable, painful.
I stop and look inside.
Under the anger is grief.
Under the grief is fear,
the belief that something is wrong with me.
Behind the fear
there is a soft, tender spot,
a vulnerability,
the truth of my innocence.
If I can stay in touch with this innocence in me,
then I can see and honor the innocence in others.
And then real relationship is possible.

Stay Open

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Stay open.
If you’re not deliberately staying open,
you are probably shutting down.
Sure, you might feel safer
hiding your light from the world,
but did you come here to live
in the darkness of your comfort bubble?
Just beyond the edges of that bubble,
your amazing potential awaits,
potential only you can fulfill.
Start by being open to the possibility
that you could stay open
and move on from there.
Take deep breaths.
If you’re feeling uncomfortable
you’ve reached the edge of your comfort zone
and now real growth can take place.
Take a stand for your open mind,
your open heart, your boundless spirit.
Live from your deepest truth,
express the soul fire that burns within you,
and as the changes come,
stay open.

Not Knowing

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We can’t possibly grasp
the entire scope of our own existence
but we sure do make ourselves miserable trying.
Instead of grasping, let’s try an experiment.
Let go.
See what happens
when you leave room for not knowing,
for being groundless,
for having no control.
Who do you become
in that open, mysterious place
of not knowing?

Do You Really Know?

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Where are you?
Do you really know?
Do you really want to know?
Do you really need to know?
Who are you?
Do you really know?
Do you really want to know?
Do you really need to know?
Why are you here?
Do you really know?
Do you really want to know?
Do you really need to know?
What is happiness really?
Do you really know?
Do you really want to know?
Do you really need to know?
Who is this self that looks out into the world?
Do you really know?
Do you really want to know?
Do you really need to know?
What is peace?
Do you really know?
Do you really want to know?
Do you really need to know?
Could you allow yourself not to know?

Pure Joy, Total Freedom

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Just to be here,
to have this moment,
to see and realize what I have—
pure joy!
No need to defer happiness
when it is all right here.
To see how little I know,
to step into the mystery
and embrace not knowing—
total freedom!
I don’t have to ask Life
to give me certainty.
I can enjoy the uncertainty,
dive into the unknown,
revel in the limitless potential.
How awesome life is
when I let go of the illusion of control
and open my whole being
to this moment!

Learning Every Day

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To set down the burden
of needing to know
of needing to prove what I know
of needing the approval of others
and to stand
with childlike wonder
open, curious
about this amazing life–
this is freedom.
With spaciousness like this
within my heart, within my mind
life never ceases
to surprise and delight me,
and I am so grateful.
May I set down the burden
of an expert’s mask,
and stand innocently
waiting to be taught
by whomever and whatever
will teach me.
I am excited to be learning
every day
for the rest of my life.
Thank you life.
Amen.

Listening More

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Halfway through my sit tonight
I began to feel so tired
that it was difficult
maintaining any focus at all.
I decided to listen to my body
and end my sit early.
Still in that place
of calm, relaxed awareness
and still halfway drowsy
I write about listening.
And I wonder what would happen
if I spent more time
listening to life
than imposing my belief system on it.
What would this world look like
if we all listened more than we imposed our beliefs?
How about if we listened more than we worried?
Or listened more than we spoke?
I ask these questions.
Now it’s time to be in that space of listening.
Maybe, if I’m still and quiet enough,
if I go deep enough within myself,
maybe I’ll hear the answers
life has for me.