Weathered stories…

15 12 2013

Cades Cove barn…

Bandelier dwelling…

Historic St. Mary’s shingles…

Santa Fe fence…

weathered stories…

weathered woodSOUTHWEST 4 135_edited-1St Mary's Shinglessouthwest wood

Advertisements




A candle’s worth of Light…

4 12 2013

Cades Cove 2

 

 

 

 

 

Within the dissected souls we carry,

there is a deep longing . . .

thirst for a drop of wholeness;

craving for a healing salve that soothes the spirit;

hunger for a peace to drench an anxiety-parched inner landscape . . .

 

We light a candle . . .

familiar words come —

“Light keeps shining in the dark,

darkness has never put it out.”

 

we take another step into a deeper knowing —

a candle’s worth of Light is all we need . . .

blue ridge sunrise





should not be here…

16 11 2013

CADES COVE MOUNTAIN MIST1

 

 

 

 

 

My ego contends that I should not be here.

This place where new horizons are dawning: awakening to a new way of being in the world; a new way of being with others . . .

this uncomfortable space where the status quo will not do;

this place where Truth shines in dark corners.

My ego insists that I abandon this nonsense;

where change might become the norm;

where letting go of the temporal is the invitation . . .

My ego demands that I should not be here . . .

but curiosity and wholeness on the tongue speaks to something in me deeper still . . .

I cannot go back . . .

I cannot stay where I am . . .

yet now is the gift given. . .

 





Wait…

24 09 2013

CADES COVE MIST 3

 

 

 

dawn breaks,

mountains loom,

fog settles in the valleys of our existence . . .

 

We wait . . .

 

dwelling in uncertainty,

paralysis advancing,

peace a faint echo,

perception narrowed

hope’s longing reduced to embers . . .

 

Yet within the mist Mystery abides,

and if we wait,

Light dissipates the valley fog,

what looms, is redefined as beauty . . .

 

In the waiting,

Life rises;

Light dawns;

Again and again . . .

so wait . . .

 

please wait . . .

 

 





Welcoming the “Presence of Slowing”…

23 07 2013

cades cove vista

 

 

 

 

In the softness of the dawn,

Creation speaks…

Spirit whispers…

“Welcome the ‘Presence of Slowing’* this day…”

 

(a phrase used by Gerald May in his book “The Wisdom of Wilderness”)





Necessary Paradoxes

13 07 2013

CADES COVE MIST 3

 

 

 

 

Necessary paradoxes…

“In order to save your life, you have to lose it” I’ve heard it said.

How can one let go of ego unless the ego is strong enough to withstand the releasing?

“I’ve come not to do away with the rules, but to bend them…remold them…complete them” I’ve heard it said…

How can guidelines be completed unless they are in place?

“The least among you is the greatest” I’ve heard it said…

How can we know balance unless we experience falling?

 

Necessary paradoxes – like trusting the beauty that exists within the mist…





Cades Cove Morning Mist and Fence

11 06 2013

cades cove morning and fence

 

 

 

 

a sigh and a deep breath…

peace…