POEMS: “You reading this, be ready”

Starting here, what do you want to remember?
How sunlight creeps along a shining floor?
What scent of old wood hovers, what softened
sound from outside fills the air?

POEMS: “Sweetness” by Thich Nhat Hanh

“Sweetness”     You must be completely awake in the present to enjoy the tea. Only in the awareness of the present,  can your hands feel the pleasant warmth of the cup. Only in the present,  can you savor the aroma,  taste the sweetness,  appreciate the delicacy. If you are ruminating about the past,  or…

POEMS: “Peace is”…

  Photo credit:  Croatia lakes “pinterest” “Peace is”…   Do you think peace requires an end to war? Or tigers eating only vegetables? Does peace require an absence from your boss, your spouse, yourself?… Do you think peace will come some other place than here? Some other time than Now? In some other heart than…

POEMS: “In Our Consciousness of Time” by Wendell Berry

In Our Consciousness of Time In our consciousness of time we are doomed to the past. The future we may dream of but can know it only after it has come and gone. The present too we know only as the past.  When we say, “This now is present, the heat, the breeze, the rippling…

ZEN STORIES: “Is that so?”…

There was a zen master who enjoyed a good reputation in his community. One day the neighbors came to his door enraged and furious,

“If tomorrow never comes”…

For if tomorrow never comes, you’ll surely regret the day that you didn’t take that extra time for a smile, a hug, or a kiss and you were too busy to