The Light Bringer

black crow

Watching and waiting

In the shadowy void

To hear secret whispers

Sharing ancient wisdom.

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2014

*photo from ufopilot on flickr


simple end

Graceful silence 

Patiently yielding

A simple end.

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2014

*photo by Takeshi Hata on 500px

Fighting Against My Soul


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“Rummaging in our souls, we often dig up something that ought to have lain there unnoticed. ”
― Leo Tolstoy

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”
― Khalil Gibran

“The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.”
― Pema Chödrön

“The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald

“The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.”
― Mother Teresa

“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

*further reading:

How Much More?

“Imagine a ray of sunlight that has forgotten it is an inseparable part of the sun and deludes itself into believing it has to fight for survival and create and cling to an identity other than the sun. Would the death of this delusion not be incredibly liberating?

Do you want an easy death? Would you rather die without agony? Then die to the past every moment, and let the light of your presence shine away the heavy, time-bound self you thought of as ‘you'”image

“Enlightenment consciously chosen means to relinquish your attachment to the past and future and to make the Now the main focus of your life . It means choosing to dwell in the state   of presence rather than in time. It means saying yes to what is. You then don’t need pain anymore. How much more time do you think you will need before you are able to say “I will create no more pain, no more suffering?” How much more pain do you need before you can make that choice? If you think you need more time, you will get more time -and more pain. Time and pain are inseparable.”

-Eckhart Tolle-

Brittle Hopes


Brown, brittle hopes

Fade as autumn

Wanes on


Ghost train tracks

Leading to a place

Of surrender.

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2014


Heart Space


“We think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.”

-Pema Chödrön-

Am I brave enough to face the truth about myself?! Am I brave enough to face my fears? I feel so raw…so vulnerable. But then how can I ever hope to be fearless if I don’t face my fears? I hesitate…as each day begins…when was the last time I could stand tall? Healing…I can only breathe…I feel pain, but where did it come from? Just how big is my heart anyways…

“You are the sky. Everything else…it’s just the weather.”

-Pema Chödrön-

When I breathe into my heart it grows as vast as the sky and I feel the most tremendous love. Then my mind begins the endless chatter…the white noise…the poltergeist of my ego. I am walking on a tightrope so scared of the heights…I am sky…space. Endless patience and love itself. Breathing into my heart…an expanding universe.

“When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it’s bottomless, that it doesn’t have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space.”

-Pema Chödrön-

The Cat’s Meow


Fallen gold

Shadow fringes

A Sunday morning meow

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2014


Flying Solo


I may fly solo

Over vast oceans 

Of my life

Perhaps to be

Declared dead

But I will finish

What I started

With my last


© Salem Islas-Madlo 2014

*photo found on Pinterest via

*inspired by Amelia Earheart

Real Things


“The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.”

-Laura Ingalls Wilder-

*print by Yelena Bryksenkova,

God’s Not Afraid of Your Honesty

Digging into the past to unearth some strength for today. I may not be on the same path as I was then, but sometimes the same grace comes back into my life so that I don’t have to be ashamed of my essence. That grace comes from the same source of Love as it ever did…no matter what name we may give it.

Performed by: Margaret Becker


Tonight by the glow of the firelight
You found the courage to speak your mind
And tear down the walls
You’ve been hiding behind

You spoke of your struggle
And you cried from the pain
You spoke of your failure
And then you turned in shame
You said, you knew you’d never be alright

God’s not afraid of your honesty
He can heal your heart if you speak honestly
Humble sorrow and the honest cry
He will not pass by, no

So many of us spend so much time
Smoothing things over, pretending we’re fine
As if life could ever be so cut and dried

But you my, friend
You’ve got that passionate heart
It’ll curse you sometimes
But it can take you far
When you let Him tame it
You will be just fine

Oh, God’s not afraid of your honesty
He can heal your heart if you speak honestly
Humble sorrow and the honest cry
He will not pass by, no, no, ooh

You may feel like you’re crawling
Over broken glass, crying a river
Into the pillows of your past
But you will be free, yeah

Oh, God’s not afraid of your honesty
He can heal your heart if you speak honestly
Humble sorrow and the honest cry
He will not pass by

God’s not afraid of your honesty
He can heal your heart if you speak honestly
Humble sorrow and the honest cry
He will not pass by