How to Find Peace

Posted Saturday, June 15th, 2019 @ 9:19 am by Kathryn
Categories: Buddhism, Journal, Quotes

Thoughts — and feelings triggered by thoughts — are mutable and impermanent, and yet because we humans incorrectly identify our being with our thinking, we construct a false notion of ourselves out of ideas and memories that have no actual substance. No wonder the ego is called “the false self.” The false self — the thinking mind — is continuously talking to itself, disturbing itself, even lying to itself. Reimagining the past or fantasizing about the future. Setting up expectations that aren’t met, then casting judgment and blame. Struggling every step of the way to stop struggling. Naturally, it doesn’t work.

–Karen Mazen Miller, How to Look at a Wall

So Tenderly

Posted Saturday, June 15th, 2019 @ 8:54 am by Kathryn
Categories: Journal, Quotes

It happens
all the time in heaven,

And some day
It will begin to happen
Again on earth –

That men and women
who are married,

And men and men
who are
Lovers,

And women and women
Who give each other
Light,

Often will get down
on their knees

And while so tenderly
Holding their lover’s hand,

With tears in their eyes,
Will sincerely speak, saying,

“My dear,
How can I be
more loving to you;

How can I be more
Kind?”

~ Hafiz

A Break

Posted Thursday, June 13th, 2019 @ 7:45 am by Kathryn
Categories: Journal, Nature

Written last night, After a several day “extreme heat” spell.
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Hello, 63 degrees. I feel you gossiping with the trees. My windows are all grinning widely waiting for the breeze.
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A photo from last summer at Hume Lake…

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Half Acre

Posted Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 @ 12:13 am by Kathryn
Categories: Journal, Spirit

Half Acre

I am holding half an acre
Torn from the map of Michigan
And folded in this scrap of paper
Is a land I grew in
Think of every town you’ve lived in
Every room, you lay your head
And what is it that you remember?
Do you carry every sadness with you
Every hour your heart was broken
Every night the fear and darkness
Lay down with you
A man is walking on the highway
A woman stares out at the sea
And light is only now just breaking
So we carry every sadness with us
Every hour our heart were broken
Every night the fear and darkness
Lay down with us
But I am holding half an acre
Torn from the map of Michigan
I am carrying this scrap of paper
That can crack the darkest sky wide open
Every burden taken from me
Every night my heart unfolding
My home

Hem

Dust to Dust

Posted Monday, June 10th, 2019 @ 12:56 am by Kathryn
Categories: Journal, Spirit

Dust to Dust

It’s not your eyes
It’s not what you say
It’s not your laughter that gives you away
You’re just lonely
You’ve been lonely, too long
All your actin’
Your thin disguise
All your perfectly delivered lies
They don’t fool me
You’ve been lonely, too long
Let me in the wall, you’ve built around
And we can light a match and burn it down
Let me hold your hand and dance ’round and ’round the flame
In front of us
Dust to dust
You’ve held your head up
You’ve fought the fight
You bear the scars
You’ve done your time
Listen to me
You’ve been lonely, too long
Let me in the wall, you’ve built around
And we can light a match and burn them down
And let me hold your hand and dance ’round and ’round the flames
In front of us
Dust to dust
You’re like a mirror, reflecting me
Takes one to know one, so take it from me
You’ve been lonely
You’ve been lonely, too long
We’ve been lonely
We’ve been lonely, too long

The Civil Wars

Performances

Posted Sunday, June 9th, 2019 @ 11:19 am by Kathryn
Categories: Buddhism, Journal, Quotes

“I think parents sometimes forget that kids are putting on performances all day, just acting like the people we think we are until, like, ten years from now when we figure out who that actually is.”

–Jake Burt, Greetings from Witness Protection

Except that, as my teacher pointed out, no one really knows after ten years either.

Wolves

Posted Saturday, June 8th, 2019 @ 12:50 am by Kathryn
Categories: Journal, Nature, Spirit

Wolves

When I die let the wolves enjoy my bones
When I die let me go
When I die let the wolves enjoy my bones
When I die let me go
When I die you can push me out to sea
When I die set me free
When I die let the sharks come ’round to feed
When I die set me free
Oh, the world is dark
And I’ve looked as far as I can see
When the years have torn me apart
Let me be
When I die let the flames devour me
When I die set me free
When I die throw my ashes to the breeze
When I die scuttle me
Oh, the world is dark
And I’ve looked as far as I can see
When the years have torn me apart
Let me be
Let me be
Let me be
Let me be
Daylight is waiting for you
Daylight is waiting for you
Daylight is waiting for you
Daylight is waiting for you
Daylight is waiting for you
Daylight is waiting for you
Daylight is waiting for you
Daylight is waiting for you

Down Like Silver