Seeing Beauty Again

It’s amazing how much more noticeable beauty is when we are in a relaxed state of mind. There are cycles in which I am so busy that I even forget how much I love trees. Eventually something happens and reminds me of the importance of the practice, of meditation – and I get back to center. And then I can sense beauty again. It has always been there, I was just blind.

Have you felt this way? Just as in meditation practice, when we go for a ride on a thought, notice it, and come back to the breath, in our lives we feel beauty and relaxed, and then go on a run of business and action, get a bit lost, and then come back to beauty. It’s really true that in every small thing, you can see the whole – and this is comforting.

As Leaves Hit The Ground

It’s Fall, mellow and all.
I am prepared, I am, and as
The colors of nature dance,
I welcome change.

The hermit energies of winter
Melted with the blossoms of spring,
Followed by the heat of summer,
And all the sexiness it brings.

I am cooling down, now,
Enjoying yet another closure.
My heart moves with the hauling winds,
My breath stills as leaves hit the ground.

It’s Fall, leaves and all.
I am ready, I am, and as
Moments turn into memory,
I enter a new cycle.


…and then I take deep breath.

Hard Times

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” (Maya Angelou)

What is life
If not a cycle
Between

Calm and storm
Calm and storm
And in the end
The real joy
Comes when we find
Our way our of the storms
So give the storms their proper place
The teacher, the lesson
Without the hard times
Who would you be
Today?