Tuesday, May 27, 2008

"Accepting This"

I have copied a poem here which I read today at the noon Inquiry Group.  I felt it captured an essential element of what these groups, and our sangha,  are about. Apparently others were similarly captured.  It certainly emphasizes the relational aspect of non-dual practice.  This seems like and an oxymoron or at least a paradox - "relational aspects of non-dual practice."  Enter the poetry and allow it to speak.
"Accepting This"  by Nark Nepo
Yes, it is true. I confess,
I have thought great thoughts,
and sung great songs - all of it
rehearsal for the majesty
of being held.
The dream is awakened
when thinking I love you
and life begins
when saying I love you
and joy moves like blood
when embracing others with love.
My efforts now turn
from trying to outrun suffering
to accepting love wherever
I can find it.
Stripped of causes and plans
and things to strive for,
I have discovered everything
I could need or ask for
is right here-
in flawed abundance.
We cannot eliminate hunger,
but we can feed each other.
We cannot eliminate loneliness,
but we can hold each other.
We cannot eliminate pain,
but we can live a life
of compassion.
we are small living things
awakened in the stream,
not gods who carve out rivers.
Like human fish,
we are asked to experience
meaning in the life that moves
through the gill of our heart.
There is nothing to do
and nowhere to go.
Accepting this,
we can do everything
and go anywhere.


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