Hard Earned

Hard Earned / Learned
Lessons

In the past
If someone gave me a satin robe
Emblazoned with my name
Presented a rope-ringed mat
Stools in opposing corners
Then rang a bell

Conditioned
I’d jump in

Now, on a good day,
No matter the gift, set-up, challenge
I return to my mantra
May you be happy
May you be well
May you be free from suffering

And may I be, too.

Channeling Grace
I walk away
from the ring

 

* Guided Loving Kindness Meditation
*Shared at Poets United
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Warmer

Warmer

Warmer

Pacific Ocean, warm
Caresses me
Heart to sky
Afloat, an earnest plea:

Loose’ my grip,
controlling nature,
need to be
in charge

Responding
White waves rise up, roar, crash down from peak
The briny tosses, turns, churns sand to sea
Gripping flotsam, jetsam, soul’s debris
Released, scrubbed clean
Serenity

Read about El Nino here

Consider

Susan, from Poets United, shared the following, which gave me lots to consider:

According to Mahatma Gandhi, there are Seven Deadly Sins that could destroy society:

  • Politics without principle.
  • Wealth without work.
  • Commerce without morality.
  • Pleasure without conscience.
  • Education without character.
  • Science without humility.
  • Worship without sacrifice.

Here are my thoughts:

Consider

Consider

All that truly benefitted
I worked hard to attain
Safety
Scholarship
Relationship
Flexibility
Strength ~ Balance
Being Sane

None Of these
Can I gift you
Unearned
They do not serve
The Practice
The Journey
Commitment
Guide to what you deserve
Or, more rightly,
What you need