To everything, a season
After a few months of relative inactivity online (but rather deep internal reflection), I feel like it might be time to bring formal closure to this blog. I am still meditating every day – but I think it might be time for me to let go of the external communication regarding this important part of my life, and instead continue to deepen the internal focus of this lifelong work. I have every intention of continuing to meditate daily, and I am grateful to all of my teachers, as well as all of my supporters (i.e., all of you!) who have helped me establish firm roots on this path.
A few days ago I returned from a meditation retreat where a poem was shared; it deeply resonated with me, and I think it has beautifully applicability here. I’m honored to share it with all of you – and I sincerely hope that our paths cross again.
May all beings be happy and free.
Hokusai says look carefully.
He says pay attention, notice.
He says keep looking, stay curious.
He says there is no end to seeing.
He says look forward to getting old.
He says keep changing, you just get more who you really are.
He says get stuck, accept it, repeat yourself as long as it’s interesting.
He says keep doing what you love.
He says keep praying.
He says every one of us is a child, every one of us is ancient, every one of us has a body.
He says every one of us is frightened.
He says every one of us has to find a way to live with fear.
He says everything is alive – shells, buildings, people, fish, mountains, trees.
Wood is alive.
Water is alive.
Everything has its own life.
Everything lives inside us.
He says live with the world inside you.
He says it doesn’t matter if you draw, or write books.
It doesn’t matter if you saw wood, or catch fish.
It doesn’t matter if you sit at home and stare at the ants on your verandah
or the shadows of the trees and grasses in your garden.
It matters that you care.
It matters that you feel.
It matters that you notice.
It matters that life lives through you.
Contentment is life living through you.
Joy is life living through you.
Satisfaction and strength is life living through you.
Peace is life living through you.
He says don’t be afraid.
Don’t be afraid.
Look, feel, let life take you by the hand.
Let life live through you.