Snow is falling on cedars in my Guru’s abode.
Soft, shy, fluffy white feather crystals caress my cheeks,
Floating, whirling, rising, falling, borne on the eddies of God’s breath.
Tears of joy sting my eyes, telling me God’s beauty is here.
Silence like a mantle falls thickly and softly around me.
I’m breathing in my Guru’s love, I’m breathing out my love for my Guru.
My Guru is everywhere.
We meet in the profound, peaceful spaciousness of the Heart
As snow is falling on cedars.
New York, United States
The Leaf of Peace
Oh, leaf, you began your life
buried deep within the soil.
You surrendered to the
nurturing, nutrient filled earth,
and had faith and trust that the
moment would arrive,
when you would appear
as a fragile, vulnerable shoot
on the branch of a
massive oak tree.
You took your place
amongst the baby leaves,
absorbing the sunlight,
drinking the raindrops,
as the wind blew,
and waiting for the snow
to melt off your tip.
You grew greener and greener
with your friends by your side.
Then, as the season changed
and the winds became fierce,
you turned a golden orange,
left your comfortable abode
and took flight, bouncing and swooping,
drifting, twirling and dancing,
until you came to rest
on a muddy, barren field.
Waiting attentively, silently, and easefully
merging again with the earth.
Created in peace
Blossomed in peace
Absorbed by peace
Oh, beautiful leaf
I want to spend
My days and nights
My time, my life
Fitzroy North, Australia
Blessings from the Desert’s Night Sky
I received an invitation early this morning
to join the saguaro in their vigil under the canopy of the night sky.
I accepted, acknowledging the privilege accorded me.
The Milky Way sweeps across the moonless sky.
The scintillating stars fill me with awe.
I feel the Siddhas radiating their blessings to me and all on the earth.
A meteor streaks across the sky in a flash.
Such a juxtaposition to the ancient light of the stars,
traveling through space over millennia before reaching my eyes.
Timelessness and the present moment converge in the vastness and
immediacy of the spectacle before me.
I hold close to my heart the paradox of all time compressed into a moment,
to better experience its truth.
A deep and profound peacefulness emerges quietly from within.
Michigan, United States
The Gift of the Saguaro
The desert knows timelessness deeply.
Centuries-old saguaro witness and bear much.
Holding still, I allow their silence to enter my heart.
Ever so gently, I open this most precious gift.
There is patience.
There is steadfastness.
There is resilience.
Gratitude rises up to join them.
Michigan, United States
Breathing In, Breathing Out
Breathing in …
The vast universe within animates.
Dragonflies unfurl their wings
Cauliflowers puff out their chests
And my heart soars in the inner sky on streams of praise.
Breathing out …
The vast universe within enfolds.
Flowers bow their heads
Leaves fold their napkins
Furry creatures curl up in coziness
Gravity releases itself
Every face softens
And one palm finds its perfect match against the other in prayer.
The whole universe
Opens and closes
Rises and falls
Comes and goes …
In perfect peace.
A living sphere of light
A powerful amulet of blessings
An awakened awareness of calm
A direct experience contained in words
Peacefulness of the Self.
Connecticut, United States
From deep within a sparkling energy sprouted
Bubbles of silver light burst forth like a fountain
A profound silence engulfed me in a shield
The music of the universe was played in absolute silence
That is my Guru’s immense compassion and love
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Joy beckons and whispers:
Welcome the core of your being.
Welcome the breath.
Welcome the peace.
Stillness envelops and whispers:
Stay with the core of your being.
Stay with the breath.
Stay with the peace.
Infinite Mercy arises and whispers:
Be the core of your being.
Be the breath.
Be the peace.
Oregon, United States
Your footsteps are hushed by the falling snow,
Pure, silent, and soft.
But I know you are near, my heart has overflown.
Love spills out everywhere.
The Friend has been here!
Is there a single threshold you have not crossed before me?
O gracious Friend, have you prepared even this place
For the play that shall unfold?
Is there no place where you are not?
I see you hiding in every room, in every face, in every thing!
How can I explain this love?
They all think I’m mad.
I am mad, mad drunk, and in love
With the Friend who has painted my heart
With the colors of the sunrise.
Eternal Friend, my heart beats to the sound of you.
I was so old and decrepit when I was younger.
Your unwavering love has made me young and silly!
What is a care, a worry, a fret?
Nothing in the company of the Friend!
Suffering ceases to exist and time turns back
When the Friend arrives for tea, and decides to stay.
Let us play together, you and me.
Let us pretend I am you, and you are me!
Separate selves, one Self, back and forth.
The Friend has explained the game.
I no longer fear.
No longer am I just me.
New York, United States
Let me let go of the ten thousand things
And find that sound which is my true name
I am That
Keeping the Peace
I close my eyes,
Entering a world spun of vibratory light.
I stay there watching for a while—at its periphery.
The light begins to coalesce
Into a sun-shaped radiance of strength and gentleness.
In time, a silent welcome calls,
“Come on further in… come home… There’s Truth and Love in here…”
And supreme serenity.
Beyond time, I open my eyes
To a great wide veiled world
Filled with dramatic happenings.
And I can keep the peace.
Hawaii, United States
A Feather in the Wind
Have you ever seen a white feather in the wind?
This feather has?
The feather moves around.
Isn’t it magic?
Isn’t it simple,
How this feather moves?
If I think of this feather,
I think of you,
Showing me your love in this peaceful dance,
Showing me the love you have for everything and everyone
In this Masterpiece of art.
There is no moment
There is no time
There is no breathing
When we are not connected.
There is no place
There is no word
There is no being
Who is not you.
May my heart always remember this
May my heart always be connected with you
May my heart always dwell in you
Just as your love is always with me.