Eggshell Turquoise

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 A word…a feeling

Always peeling

Around and about

Beyond doubt

Sometimes reeling

Other times kneeling

Constantly breathing

In and out wreathing

A space of being

Open and freeing

Fluttering joys

Like eggshell turquoise.

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2014

*photo Found on freehomeschooladvice.com

Jiggety-Jig

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To market, to market, to buy a fat pig,
Home again, home again, jiggety-jig.
To market, to market, to buy a fat hog,
Home again, home again, jiggety-jog.
To market, to market, to buy a plum bun,
Home again, home again, market is done. 
*in honor of First Daughter
*photo from http://www.mamalisa.com/?t=hes&p=1475

The Tree Spirit

ImageArtist: Laura Zollar

A tree 

Spoke healing

To me

A nymph within

Reached for my heart

Touching all the sin

A whisper of my part

Flowing out free

Love inside of me.

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2014

Crow Brothers

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Hidden in bare branches 

A crow cawed out his sorrows

He glided down to the water’s edge

In protest to greyish, white seagulls

Bobbing in sunlight sparkle

No one listened, or turned a head

To Mr. Crow’s cackles, lost

In the cold, brisk wind

So off he flew

Back to brothers 

That he knew.

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2014

Artist: Beverly Brown

http://www.beverlybrown.com/home/

Loving Speech and Deep Listening

ImageThe 4th of the Five Mindfulness Trainings

Loving Speech and Deep Listening

Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful speech and the inability to listen to others, I am committed to cultivating loving speech and compassionate listening in order to relieve suffering and to promote reconciliation and peace in myself and among other people, ethnic and religious groups, and nations. Knowing that words can create happiness or suffering, I am committed to speaking truthfully using words that inspire confidence, joy, and hope. When anger is manifesting in me, I am determined not to speak. I will practice mindful breathing and walking in order to recognize and to look deeply into my anger. I know that the roots of anger can be found in my wrong perceptions and lack of understanding of the suffering in myself and in the other person. I will speak and listen in a way that can help myself and the other person to transform suffering and see the way out of difficult situations. I am determined not to spread news that I do not know to be certain and not to utter words that can cause division or discord. I will practice Right Diligence to nourish my capacity for understanding, love, joy, and inclusiveness, and gradually transform anger, violence, and fear that lie deep in my consciousness.

 *Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s translation of the 5 basic precepts as taught by the Buddha Shakyamuni

Photo found on Pinterest via: Kate Armstrong

Destruction and Creation

Breaking down

To build back up

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Tearing apart 

To rise again

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© Salem Islas-Madlo 2014

Lavender Beauty

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Lavender roses.

Incarnate fragrance,

Priestly hue of dawn,

Spirit unfolding.

Even on the road to hell, flowers can make you smile. They are fragile, ephemeral, uncompromising. No one can alter their nature. True, you can easily destroy them, but you will not gain anything; you cannot force them to submit to your will.

Flowers arouse in us an instinct to protect them, to appreciate them, and to shelter them. This world is too ugly, too violent. There should be something delicate to care about. To do so is to be lifted above the brute and to go toward the refined. When we offer flowers on our altar, we are offering a high gift. Money is too vulgar, food too pedestrian. Only flowers are unsullied. By offering them, we offer purity.

The tenderness of flowers arouses mercy, compassion, and understanding. If that beauty is delicate, so much the better. Life itself is fleeting. We should take the time to appreciate beauty in the midst of temporality.

~Deng Ming-Dao~

*photo from:     http://bellafayegarden.tumblr.com/post/22174370333

Walking into the Abyss

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In the deep

We will know

Darkness and light

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Looking deeply

We will see

What path to choose

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Being with suffering

We will deepen 

Roots in Mother Earth’s embrace

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In the deep 

We will find each other

Within Love’s well-being

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2014

*Photos by Heather Landis

http://www.heatherlandis.com/