Posted by: John | October 24, 2014

Mind Training

You know your meditation session is over
when all your thoughts break out of the closet
in your mind where you had them stashed
and rush to overrun your being.
You’re out of OMs.

++++++++++

The more we can realize and accept
we cannot comprehend Omnipotence,
the easier it is to be humble
and willingly go with the will of God.

Posted by: Lisa | October 23, 2014

Ecumenism

While on my recent quarterly retreat at Richmond Hill, a lady I’d never met expressed surprise that a Roman Catholic would make a retreat at an ecumenical retreat center.  Besides the fact that there are no longer any Catholic retreat centers in SE Virginia (my own neck of the woods) since the Diocese of Richmond has shut them all down, I actually enjoy being in an ecumenical atmosphere.  Surprise!  Not all Catholics are hell-bent on exclusivity, setting themselves apart from and above everyone else.  I refer to myself as a Hindu-Buddhist-Christian anyway.  What does it matter?  God sees my intentions.  God loves me and I love God – and from that place of love, I do my best to complete the work God gives me to do each day.  That’s really all anyone can do, right?  It’s all good.  May we all be One in God – Who is One!

Posted by: Lisa | October 22, 2014

Break In!

“If the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.”
(Luke 12:39)

“Jesus doesn’t want to frighten us into the Kingdom. But there is surely an element of mystery regarding His Second Coming. No matter how spiritual we are, it’s going to surprise us.”
(The Word Among Us, Meditation for October 22, 2014)

I know it’s true, Lord! You have broken into my life so many times over the past year. Each time has been a complete surprise. Thank You! If I’d known You were going to break in, I might have stopped You out of confusion or fear of the unknown. Yes, I trust You, and yet….

As You know, we human beings are blind and weak. We think we know You; through our past experiences, we even believe we have come to understand Your ways. But You are full of surprises. You know exactly what we need and when we are prepared to receive it.

Please forgive my anxiety and fear. You, the Divine Thief, are welcome to break through my defenses and complacency any time You wish. Teach me what I still need to learn; show me what I need to see in myself and in Your creation to do my part to fulfill Your glorious plans. May Your will be done!

Posted by: Lisa | October 21, 2014

What I Suppose

Cars and trucks
large and small
race along the highway.
Where are they going?
And why?
To make money
or spend money,
I suppose.
What if there were
no money to spend
or earn? Then what?
Perhaps all those drivers
would then be still
and know God.

“’Be still and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations,
exalted on the earth.’
The Lord of hosts is with us;
our stronghold is the God of Jacob.”
(Psalm 46:11-12)

Posted by: Lisa | October 20, 2014

What I Need

I was about seven months old when I had the following realization
(not in words, of course):

Mother, you’re not
going to give me
what I need, are you?
You’re going to give me
what YOU need.
Or nothing.
So – I give up
on trying to get
anything from you.

“I am sure I shall see the LORD’s goodness
in the land of the living.
I hope in Him, hold firm and take heart.
I hope in the LORD!”
(Psalm 27:13-14)

Posted by: Lisa | October 19, 2014

Swimming Free

Constricted, turbulent
waters burst free and merge
with open, welcoming harbor.

Darkness and free-floating terror
vanish at the sight of you,
my ever-faithful Lover.

A tiny, golden fish
swims serenely to the sea,
trusting You forever.

Posted by: Lisa | October 13, 2014

Make it Happen?

“I like things to happen; and if they don’t happen, I like to make them happen.”
— Winston Churchill

Well. When I first read the above quote, I thought, “How arrogant and presumptuous.”  But that attitude is, of course, the typical attitude of Western society in general.  Go, go, go!  Do, do, do!  MAKE it happen.

That attitude is the opposite of what’s required on the spiritual journey, where the main task (for most of us) is learning to let go, to be quiet, to listen.  To let God be the doer.  In Yoga, it’s called Ishvara-pranidhana – “surrender to the Lord.”  It’s trusting that we make the most “progress” when we allow God to lead.  That doesn’t mean we sit back and do nothing.  But it means we can be patient and wait for God’s timing.

Posted by: Lisa | October 8, 2014

What’s True

Run off! Have fun!
You know you want to.

Maybe. Sometimes.
But I want what’s true.

What’s true? Nothing.
Just look around you.

I trust. God’s real.
Each moment is new.

Bullshit! Mind games.
“Contentment” on cue.

Shut up! You lie.
Love knows what to do.

Posted by: Lisa | September 30, 2014

Bittersweet

I sense you there
in the distance –
flowing eternally,
calling gently.
You soothe
my endless yearning.
Bittersweet,
a love that calls
for death.

Posted by: Lisa | September 28, 2014

Evidence

Clumps of white rose
petals strewn upon
red brick path –
evidence
of yesterday’s wedding.
Hopes and Dreams
blossomed here.

I turn and take
narrow, winding
earthen path –
evidence
of this moment’s calling.
Steps and Breath
present here.

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