we are all in this together
no matter how separate
how individual we may think we are from one another
flying in our little bubbles
we are all part of each other
what you see
is a reflection of your self
when a dream is born inside
and you feel the call to create your vision
fear may come into your mind
disguised as doubt
it can creep into your heart and kill your dreams
paralyzing your creative impulse
release the illusion of fear
there is a unique voice inside
find your voice
bring your light into the world
past the little narrow alleys
winding into canals with ancient stone bridges
chinese gondolas gliding underneath
the humble woman sits
and watches the people go by
just like sun, we need rain
without the wet, there is no dry
if it was never cold, gray, tempestuous and dark,
how could we ever understand and appreciate bright, sunny, hot, breezy days?
neither is better
both are essential
opposite elements in nature give us a clue as to what opposite forces live within us
rain invites us to go inside
dwell inside to contemplate our self
go to the opposite places in your mind, heart, body and soul
know them well
with this knowledge, you can live in the middle
live in love
rediscovering the love that always is, you are in complete balance
thank you rain
snaking along the northern asian mountains
the great wall of china still stands
a testimony to the lack of unity in mankind
a reminder that we must all get past history
past our differences, shed all fear
that biggest of illusions, that impedes us
from remembering that the only reality is love
that we are all part of one loving one
the great monument is not the stones, the parapets, the steps
it is the majestic mountain range
undulating the surface of the earth as far as my eyes can see
that display of nature’s magnificence is greatness, beauty, awe
humbled by the great mother
gratitude for life fills my soul
get on the boat and navigate
sometimes you sail
sometimes you fail
but every single time you live and learn on the trail
every moment of life is a precious gift
a chance to grow that is only there at this present moment, so live in it
sitting alone on a cold bench in the middle of a stairwell in hong kong, an old lady rests her tired, anguishing bones.
clutching at her belongings, she seems to be hanging on to life itself.
a ray of warm light bursts through the clouds, slips between the oppressive buildings, lighting her soul on white fire.
in the courtyard garden of a temple outside of the city, prayers are tied into magnolia trees and sacred chains.
red ribbons with golden writing are ceremoniously tied with a breath and a blessing.
locks of love clasp to the chain, in hopes that their loves will be bound, as unbreakable and holy as these.
incense and bells ring and fill the air.
this is a place where dreams set sail, where wishes begin to construct themselves around us.
i just got back from watching a film about them.
the joy of a mother and a father at their creation is contagious.
their infant, pure spirit and genuine inquisitive behavior is gripping.
it is illuminating.
that we make it past being a helpless little ball is nothing short of a miracle.
we have a lot to learn from these simple, energetic beings.
maybe one day i will get the joy of learning from one of these wise teachers.
trekking up the side of this mountain peak, one can feel the ancient energies all around you. as you ascend the face of the mountain, faces start appearing out of the rock. indeed, more than five hundred buddhas are said to have been carved in the stone, dating from around the 10th century on. even more impressive are the naturally occurring rock formations that take all kinds of shapes and forms. this is one rare, pure limestone mountain, more than two hundred meters tall. it is so unique among the common sandstone found in the area, that an indian monk named it fei lai feng, the ‘peak flown from afar’. it is said that the buddhas were carved to keep the mountain from flying off.