Poetry, Spirituality

In the Sea

“In this world you will have trouble.”
(John 16:33)

“If you are alive and breathing, you will have trouble in this world. Either you will hunt the dragon, or the dragon will hunt you. There is no escaping it.”
(Jim Burgen)

Sea monsters
jump and dive
with gaping mouths
and teeth of daggers
never satisfied.
Hunt for the next meal
composed of human
souls, men and
women of faith.

Pray and work, then
pray and work.
Gasp for breath,
just one more
breath before going
under yet again.
Remember how to swim,
reach and kick. The surface
is not out of reach.

Relax and float,
trust the arms, strong
arms of support
bearing the weight.
Yes, float and trust.
Risk a breath now –
breathe –
air fresh and new.

Spirituality, Vibrant Health

Community

“Equality comes in realizing that we are all doing different jobs for a common purpose. That is the aim behind any community. The very name community means let’s come together to recognize the unity. Come … unity.”

— Sri Swami Satchidananda

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Spirituality, Yoga

The Mind is Peaceful

Sri Swami Satchidananda at LOTUS, Yogaville (Buckingham, VA)

“Our first and foremost duty is to take care not to let the mind lose its peace. You don’t have to make the mind peaceful. If you leave it alone, it is peaceful. In our own lives we should see that we don’t lose our peace due to our thoughts, words, or actions.”

— Sri Swami Satchidananda

Poetry, Spirituality

Birthing

a poem I wrote in 2016…

Birthing

To hide from this brutal
world, I jam myself
into the corner of a room
where two sturdy walls
meet, promising me
shelter – while storms
rage without and within.
Farther and farther
into the corner I’m smashed,
becoming smaller
but more real – dense – strong
as the walls themselves.
Stronger: A black hole,
infinitely condensed.
Here I sit waiting, forgetting
to breathe for millennia, anticipating
the much-desired explosion birthing
brilliant new worlds, billions
of whole babies nursing on love, proving
that Love is – indeed –
stronger than death.

Spirituality, Yoga

Yoga Means….

four rock formation
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Yoga is about gaining control of the contents of the mind. Yoga is not about standing on the head, retaining the breath for so many minutes, or meditating for hours (although if you have the ability to do those things, that’s alright – just don’t think of them as “goals”). Yoga means learning to keep the mind in its proper place as servant rather than master of our lives. All the practices of Yoga are available to help us on this path. Observe your thoughts. And notice the sorts of things you choose to read, ponder, and discuss. Are they helping you (and the world) or causing harm? When thoughts come, realize you have a choice whether to follow them or drop them! Peace to all! Namaste…. ❤