Walking Each Other Home*
Ram Das had a picture of Donald Trump on his altar.
I am not there.
I woke last night, annoyed at yet another awakening.
I heard it:
The sound of the owl, hooting, soft, insistent,
Surrounding the house.
From front to side,
Back to side
Making her way
Around the house.
Much time passed.
Maybe an hour?
I wanted to see her,
I peered out the windows,
My blessed visitor
Had revealed herself,
For my heart,
For my head.
My heart is
A bit less.
This week my fear built.
Violence in the street
For personal/political gain.
Thousands upon more thousands
To be sick,
To be gone,
That thought I had not allowed myself,
My fear built.
And then I heard
By Juan Ramon Jimenez:
I am not I.
I am this one
Walking beside me whom I do not see,
Whom at times I manage to visit
And whom at other times I forget;
Who remains calm and silent when I talk,
And forgives, gently, when I hate,
Who walks where I am not,
Who will remain standing when I die.
Then I remembered.
Then I wasn’t scared.
For a few breaths.
For a few minutes.
For a few….
We must open our hearts to
We must open our hearts
Question of the Moment
From My Heart to Yours—
What does it take for your heart to remember? For your mind to quiet? For oneness to reemerge? What’s the portal, the doorway for you to return home?
Here’s my current-list-of-the-week:
- Awakening into the hoot of an owl, softly wrapped around me
- Observing the rising full moon, emerging from a bank of dark clouds
- Witnessing the tiny and so feisty black squirrel fully amusing herself in the yard
- Remembering the child I was—the child I am—holding my guitar against my belly—sounds vibrating through and in me
- Allowing myself to feel the disconnect, the aloneness, the separateness—and meeting that disconnect, that aloneness, that separateness with kindness
- Smiling at the Christmas trees, patient, oh, so patient in the morning fog
- Touched by the morning sun, breaking through the awakening trees
That’s my list.
I was blessed to participate in a retreat last weekend with Roshi Joan Halifax from the Upaya Center, with her co-teacher, Frank Ostaseksi, Zen hospice co-founder and author of The Five Invitations. It was a deep dive into kindness, exactly what this aching heart needed.
Here is a meditation with Roshi Joan, as she leads and guides us to grounded-ness, to center, to All.
ONE CONTINUING and ONGOING SINGLE ANNOUNCEMENT
How easy is it to feel alone these days?
When does your mind gallop ahead without you?
How can we together tether, land, and ground ourselves in kindness?
We are so not alone. You are not alone. Let’s come together, to remember what’s real and what is important. Create community; connect to yourself, to one another, and to our simple and sustainable teachings.
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