Be Bamboo

Be Bamboo

In Chinese painting first to learn With soft and yielding brush A grove of them so straight and tall So green and swaying lush.   Stalks of green and others black Leaves of varied size When comes a storm it does not care And will not fear demise.   Winds...
If They Should Meet When I’m Not Here

If They Should Meet When I’m Not Here

For eighteen months we came to learn Together as a pair That each was safe and simply learning How we’d come to fare.   Pumpkin seeds and peanuts roasted Seemed a decent meal. I’d leave them out and wait to see Just how the squirrel’d deal.   As time went on...
When Comes The Moment

When Comes The Moment

As ever in our prayers a universal wishA gracious death with no regrets.And yet in life we give no thoughtTo ever hedge our bets. In early age an arrogance thatWe will live forever.And even death upon our clanWe take no new endeavor. The moments pass without a...
Magic and Stillness

Magic and Stillness

I have lunch once a week with a dear friend.  It is the only entry on my social calendar.  Writing those two words just now made me smile .  .  .  social calendar. We gather, enjoy a meal, and in 90 minutes solve the problems of the world.  We congratulate ourselves...
Covid and The Interconnectedness of All Life

Covid and The Interconnectedness of All Life

At the conclusion of my first lecture on the cultivation of stillness, after I moved to the northern Berkshires, one of the first questions I was asked had to do with the practical application of stillness.  I answered simply:  “Life.” I meant that answer in the sense...
Fear and Stillness

Fear and Stillness

“The great Way is easy,Yet people prefer the side paths.Be aware when things are out of balance.Stay centered in the Great Dao.”Chapter 53, Dao de Qing, by Laozi   In stillness, we find clarity.  By bringing ourselves into the present moment, we see the...