Eagle Poem

To pray you open your whole self
To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon
To one whole voice that is you.
And know there is more
That you can’t see, can’t hear
Can’t know except in moments
Steadily growing, and in languages
That aren’t always sound but other
Circles of motion.
Like eagle that Sunday morning
Over Salt River.  Circles in blue sky
In wind, swept our hearts clean
With sacred wings.
We see you, see ourselves and know
That we must take the utmost care
And kindness in all things.
Breathe in, knowing we are made of
All this, and breathe, knowing
We are truly blessed because we
Were born, and die soon, within a
True circle of motion,
Like eagle rounding out the morning
Inside us.
We pray that it will be done
In beauty.
In beauty.

~ Joy Harjo ~

(How We Become Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2001)

2017-03-31T19:15:22+00:00 March 31st, 2017|Comments Off on Eagle Poem

Mindful Speech: Teaching by Example

A story from Prajna Lorin Piper:

“Years ago, I was in a month-long mindful living program, held at the Insight Meditation Society, in Barre, MA, and the Buddhist teacher, Joseph Goldstein came in to talk to our group.

Joseph is a really big deal to a lot of people and our group teacher had told us to save our  hard questions for him. Everyone in the group had tried to come up with something complex to inquire about, and we’d all failed. So instead we asked him what, in all his years of practice, stood out for him in the teachings, and he thought for a moment and said, ‘well, three things then.’

I’m a little annoyed with myself that I can’t remember what the first two were. I think they were the teachings on  non-self and on impermanence. But I remember very distinctly that he then paused and shared the third thing, which  was right, or mindful, speech.  He said  he had to include it because he’d seen over and over again how much suffering speech caused .

Later, in that session, a loud noise was heard overhead, and someone said, “it’s an airplane.” And it probably was. But Joseph said, quietly, questioningly, “well, we don’t really know that, do we?”  What had been an assumption had been stated as a fact.

Over the course of the month while I was at Barre, I had occasion to exchange a few words with Joseph, to observe him socially, and to see that he was taking a split second before answering people, even in casual conversation, that he was monitoring, very carefully, what was going to come out of his mouth. I remember being touched by how diligently he was practicing, and when I tell people about this, I always have to say that you might think this would make someone seem boring, or unnatural. But it didn’t. He was just practicing, very sincerely and humbly, training himself to consider his intention before speaking.

Om om om. May we all practice with sincerity and humility, out of love for all beings.”

2017-03-27T21:48:07+00:00 March 27th, 2017|Comments Off on Mindful Speech: Teaching by Example

The First Duty

“A spiritual seeker’s first duty is to  have good control over the tongue. Without control of the tongue we can forget about spirituality. Control in both ways: eating and talking. All the senses are controlled if the tongue is controlled.”

Sri Swami Satchidananda

2017-03-24T21:06:11+00:00 March 24th, 2017|Comments Off on The First Duty

Connect on a Deeper Level

A conversation becomes a real commun-ication when we connect on a deeper level as we speak to each other.  This means that I am mindful of both what I say and what the other person says.  How we listen is just as important as how we speak.  How can we expect to choose words that bring benefit and create harmony if we don’t listen with full attention and make an effort to truly understand another person’s point of view?

2017-03-22T00:25:51+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Comments Off on Connect on a Deeper Level