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Excerpt from: Living as a River by Bodhipaksa

In studies it has been found

that we frequently

try to find something unchanging and reliable

with which to identify,

something that acts like a secure island

in the midst of a river of change.

Often what we cling to is an

ideology,

or a religious…identity,

or a sense of…belonging

to a group or nation.

This response is one of fear and clinging.

We see change around us and we’re afraid…

and we try to find something to cling to—

something more permanent and stable than ourselves.

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When the light around you lessons

And your thoughts darken until

Your body feels fear turn

Cold as a stone inside,


When you find yourself bereft

Of any belief in yourself

And all you unknowingly

Leaned on has fallen,


When one voice commands

Your whole heart,

And it is raven dark,


Steady yourself and see

That it is your own thinking

That darkens your world,


Search and you will find

A diamond-thought of light,


Know that you are not alone

And that this darkness has purpose;

Gradually it will school your eyes

To find the one gift your life requires

Hidden within this night-corner.


Invoke the learning

Of every suffering

You have suffered.


Close your eyes.

Gather all the kindling

About your heart

To create one spark.

That is all you need

To nourish the flame

That will cleanse the dark

Of its weight of festered fear.


A new confidence will come alive

To urge you toward higher ground

Where your imagination

Will learn to engage difficulty

As its most rewarding threshold!

© John O’Donohue. All rights reserved.

To Bless The Space Between Us

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~Dive Today

Dive Today

Tomorrow…you’ll be brave,

you say?

Fool!

Dive today…


From the cliff of

what you know

into

what you can’t know.


You fear the rocks?


Better men than you

have died on them;


Dying on Love’s rocks

is nobler

than a life of death.


-~Jalal-ud-Din Rumi
(Translated by Andrew Harvey)

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If it’s not yet obvious to you,

the real reason for this,

and all seasons…

is you.


A more perfect child of the Universe

has never lived.


Until now, only celebrations cloaked

in myth and mystery

could hint at your divine heritage

and sacred destiny.


You are life’s prayer of becoming and its answer.


The first light at the dawn of eternity,

drawn from the ether,

so that I might know my own depth,

discover new heights,

and revel in seas of blessed emotion.


A pioneer into illusion,

an adventurer into the unknown,

and a lifter of veils.


Courageous, heroic, and exalted

by legions in the unseen.


To give beyond reason…

to care beyond hope…

to love without limit…

to reach, stretch, and dream…

in spite of your fears.


These are the hallmarks of divinity –

traits of the immortal – your badges of honor.


May you wear them with a pride as great

as the immeasurable pride we feel for you.


Your light has illuminated darkened paths,

your gaze has lifted broken spirits,

and already your life

has changed the course of history.


This is the time of year we celebrate you.


Bowing before Greatness,


The Universe-Mike Dooley

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