“Fixed Ideas” by Zen Master Daehaeng

  Fixed ideas are like a wisp of cloud or smoke,but nonetheless people find themselves blocked or captured by these.   You would laugh if you saw someone tripped by a cloud, or if someone claimed that they were imprisoned by the air.  But, in fact, people are endlessly being trapped by things no more…

MYSTICAL POEMS: “Run” (from spiritual confinement) by Hafiz

Run, my dear,from anything that may not strengthenyour precious budding wings, Run like hell, my dear,from anyone likely to put a sharp knifeinto the sacred, tender visionof your beautiful heart. We have a duty to befriendthose aspects of obediencethat stand outside of our houseand shout to our reason“oh please, oh pleasecome out and play!” For…

MYSTICAL POEMS: “The essence of every human being” by Rumi

The essence of every human being An ant hurries along a threshing floor with its wheat grain, moving between huge stacks of wheat, not knowing the abundance all around. It thinks its one grain is all there is to love. So we choose a tiny seed to be devoted to. This body, one path, one…

SPIRITUAL POEMS: “Prayer” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“Prayer”  Lord, let us pray. Give us the open mind, O God, The mind that dares believe In paths of thought as yet untrod; The mind that can conceive Large visions of a wider way Than circumscribes our world to-day. May tolerance temper our own faith, However great our zeal; When others speak of life…

MYSTIC POEMS: “Don’t Make Lists”

  “Don’t Make Lists” Every day a new flower rises from your body’s fresh soil. Don’t go around looking for fallen petals in a fairy tale, when you’ve got the golden plant right here, now, shooting forth in light from your eyes, your awakening crown. Don’t make lists, or explore ancient accounts. Forget everything you…

INSPIRATIONAL STORIES: “The newspaper”

      A BEAUTIFUL WAY OF LOOKING AT THINGS: A Father was reading a newspaper and his little daughter every now and then distracted him. To keep her busy, he tore one page on which was printed the map of the world. He tore it into pieces and asked her to go to her…