"To shun all evil. To do good. To purify one’s heart. This is the teaching of the Buddhas." - Buddha
“‘Down’, ‘up’, ‘behind’, ‘in front’ describe the flesh; at heart the radiant soul has no directions.” - Rumi
"He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God." - Psalm
Write upon my directionless soul the song of Your visions unfolding.
Open these arching wings of spirit and light.
Set upon me Your mantle of kinship.
Purify this heart of gold and flax.
Redeem both spirit and sinew.
My wounds disappear in Your presence.
Again and again You make the world new!
Write a song of life and renewal on the walls and pathways of my mind.
Teach me to speak peace.
To act out love.
To offer grace.
To uphold right ways.
To listen, listen, listen to Your mighty rushing whisper.
Overwhelm these obstacles in and around me, Dear Father.
Teach me to lift You up.
Where Are The Roses?
"The heart of the fully conscious man is fearless - he has freed his mind of lust and anger, he has transcended both good and evil." - Buddha
"O you who’ve gone from here to there in searching, how long will you repeat, ‘Where are the roses?’" - Rumi
"Consider the blameless, observe the upright; there is a future for the man of peace." - Psalm
The one year mark approaches. Since I lit the torch that burnt my career down.
The Lord is kind enough to obfuscate the way forward. Generously allowing me to flounder along - and recover.
My destructive patterns are powerful.
I have had a year to recognize and name them.
Though it appears the same, I am learning my lessons.
I am building true values.
I am finding right ways.
Author of Fate and Destiny, weave wisdom into these coming days.
Take me down a path of recovery and peace.
As foolish as I am - as inconsistent and fickle.
I know You have a use for these experiences.
I believe You are still at work within my days.
I have debts I need to pay.
Please provide the resources for me to pay them.
I have plans I need to fulfill.
Please grant me clear vision and thoughts to fulfill Your plans.
I have roles I need to enact.
Please continue to work through me as a loving father and dedicated follower of Your ways.
I have challenging decisions to face.
Please embolden my heart and mind to choose the way You have written for me.
Over and over I cause sorrow and loss in my life.
Please redeem this life to create kindness and peace.
I love You,
"Victory produces hostility for the defeated ones live in grief. Releasing both victory and defeat the tranquil minds dwell in happiness." - Buddha
"My Breath transformed that darkness into noonday, the darkness which the sun could not disperse." - Rumi
"Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways [….]" - Psalm
It is time to let go of recent disappointment.
It has been a year since I walked away.
I can no longer live in that memory or hold onto what could’ve been.
That was then.
The now I’m in deserves both my respect and attention.
The dreams, ambitions and failures of yesteryear
must fade into distant memories.
Reform my way, Merciful Father.
Help me to become reborn in light!
Veiled Or Unveiled
"Whoever leads others evenhandedly, but not by force, is a guardian of justice and is called righteous." - Buddha
"God’s summons to us, either veiled or unveiled, gives what He gave to Mary from His heart." - Rumi
"The days of the blameless are known to the Lord, and their inheritance will endure forever." - Psalm
The signs of right ways and the fruits of the spirit of God.
Continue to call out evenness and diligence within me.
Continue to lead me to right thoughts and right ways.
Captivate my moments with Your higher calling.
Help me to think on what is good, what is holy and what is pure.
Light my way with Your mercy and grace.
You know my nature.
I am quick to judge and slow to loving kindness.
I have pride and stubbornness.
Continue to teach me the use for these gifts (encumbrances?)
Thank You for Your providence.
Lead me to Your will.
"The man who has tamed himself, and patiently bears harsh words, is also the best among men." - Buddha
"For all I say, I am the shining sun. Where I shine from the lamp-niche of a moment, a whole world’s problems disappear from there." - Rumi
"He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun." - Psalm
There is a sweetness in sunlight, made sweeter by winter’s embrace.
My soul is all of ice and water.
Fog and flurries.
The white and gray shelter of frost-bit skies.
Emanate Your sweetness from deep within me.
Your solar flares from my fingertips.
Your light from the black centers of my eyes.
Make my world’s problems disappear in light.
Reveal Your nature to Your servants and guide them to right ways.
Thank You for Your grace -
which truth-speaks righteousness when wrongdoing might hide.
Thank You for Your love and mercy -
which covers the humble and brokenhearted.
Continue to bring Your revival to the things and people I encounter
within these moments.
I love You.
The Wind’s Plans
"Having killed the mother (craving) and father (conceit), having killed the priestly kings (two wrong views), having destroyed the tiger-infested road (doubt), the fifth one, The Noble One proceeds free of dangers." - Buddha
"We died and were absolutely finished. God’s summons came and we were resurrected." - Rumi
"Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong; for like grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away." - Psalm
Craving and conceit.
All or nothing.
Listen to the Holy One’s call and be reborn in light.
Every man seeks a transcendent truth.
Truth i in the seeking not in the finding.
Do not be swayed, little lamb, by the misguided values
of the wolves who surround you.
Know Your Master’s voice.
A fish will always fail at building a spider’s web.
the wind will always fail at planning its path.
O Spirit that moves a thousand upon a thousand beings,
move within me - to recall and sing of Your glories!
"Let one mold himself in accordance with the precepts he teaches. There can be no gap in credibility, and no disgrace." - Buddha
"Its ugly to be plain of face and haughty; it’s cruel to be blind and suffer eye-pain." - Rumi
"Since they hid their net for me without cause and without cause dug a pit for me [….]" - Psalm
If I was soaring, I would not walk into the pit.
If I was flying, no net could reach the spaces I delighted in.
It is this haughty countenance -
a dream of flight but not truly gliding -
that runs me into unexpected snares.
Putting my failings in plain view.
Humility the antidote for hubris.
My finances are an utter train wreck.
My personal life suffers from a lack of accountability.
I am ignoring the sacraments as held in community.
I am not contributing to the betterment of my community or the world.
I have relaxed my high standards.
I am putting off my responsibilities in relation to my talents.
I am ignoring my loved ones.
I do not stand on a foundation of credibility.
I have no right to request Your grace in sight of my unfaithfulness.
Please make my ways right again.
Please renew my life and livelihood.
"Just as rust produced by iron corrodes the iron, so is the violator of moral law destroyed by his own wrong action." - Buddha
"Make yourself dead in poverty and longing so that the breath of Jesus shall revive you and make you good and blessed[….]" - Rumi
"Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame." - Psalm
Iron and air make rust.
Wrong action is easy as breathing.
The iron can be renewed with care and covering.
Eliminate the malice that surrounds you.
Cover yourself in right thoughts and right actions.
Wrap grace and mercy about you as a thick shroud.
Speak peace to those who will listen.
Be honest about your mistakes.
Have forgiveness in your heart for others.
And meet the world around you with openness and loving kindness.
O Poverty Triumphant!
(the empty vessel is of greatest use.)
Time and again You revive me from poverty and death.
Which winding path will You lead me down?
Though restored, my heart feels unprepared.
"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me."
The Cloaked Crow
Photo Source: Steve Creek Outdoors
"Just as a blade of kusa grass handled improperly cuts the hand, so does the life of a recluse, handled improperly, bring him to a sorrowful state." - Buddha
"The crow all cloaked in black like hired mourners has grieved for all the greenness of the garden." - Rumi
"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." - Psalm
"You are developing, Daniel, in these times of confusion and sorrow. I will shape within you a new song that will bring the good news of redemption and deliverance to my people."
Continue to shape, master Craftsman, Your work within me.
Deliver me from broken-heartedness.
Let the cloaked crow cry and extol the arrival of Your springtime.
I delight in our quiet moments together -
beyond myself -
where spirit and nature collide.
Please continue to guide me.
"Avoid mental agitation. Be restrained in mind. Giving up wrong thoughts, think good thoughts." - Buddha
"There is a drop of knowledge in my soul." - Rumi
"When I felt secure I said, ‘I will never be shaken.’" - Psalm
I am often shaken and the knowledge
of when my universe
leaves my soul breathless.
My response to the ground disappearing
from beneath me
was a desire
for the swinging noose.
O fantastic soul resplendent with eagle’s wings!
Why must you fear soaring with the sun?
The bright thermals will lift you.
They will send you soaring dizzily
beyond the ragged cliffs.
Find freedom and new shelter
within the veiled and clouded folds of the sky!
Father, though I am often shaken,
You are unshakable.
Please continue to lift me up
in Your secure embrace.