The Best Teacher: Die Besten Lehrer

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Suffering, loneliness

Are the best guides,

To seek out beauty and joy

Wherever you can find.

One kind word 

Creates a symphony-like sound

Can bring tears of gratitude abound,

One is speechless, overcome with joy,

That is what one kind word can do. 

Some of us who have been deprived

Of gentleness in our early lives

Are aware of the power 

That compassion ca bring forth

And practice it often times.

By Greta Elbogen

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Leiden, Einsamkeit

sind die besten Losten

im Streben nach Schönheit und Freude,

wo immer sie zu finden sind.

Ein freundliches Wort nur

erklingt wie eine Symphonie,

ruft Tränen unendlicher Dankbarkeit hervor.

Man ist sprachlos, von Freude überwältigt.

Was ein freundliches Wort bewirken kann!

Einige von uns, die wir

in unserem früheren Leben

die Güte entbehrten

wissen um die Kraft des Mitgefühls

und üben uns oft darin.

Von Greta Elbogen

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*This post is dedicated to Greta Elbogen, a bright and beautiful firecracker, whom I met at Plum Village in 2013. She has just published a book of poetry called God Plays Hide And Seek (simply wonderful…I had the privilege of hearing her give a reading in Vienna)….this is a poem from her publication

And it is dedicated to Martina Huber who opened up her heart to me in a personal letter inspiring me with fresh purpose at a time when I felt like my words and poetry weren’t going anywhere.

Thank you ladies for the kind words you have shared with me and for bringing joy and renewal to my life. Love and peace to you all.

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Certeza…Certainty

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Si es real la luz blanca
de esta lámpara, real
la mano que escribe, ¿son reales
los ojos que miran lo escrito?

De una palabra a la otra
lo que digo se desvanece.
Yo sé que estoy vivo
entre dos paréntesis.

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If it is real the white

light from this lamp, real

the writing hand, are they

real, the eyes looking at what I write?

From one word to the other

what I say vanishes.

I know that I am alive

between two parentheses.

by: Octavio Paz

 *art from http://reading-is-fun.tumblr.com/post/2055342927

Coming Home

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Today the hill 

Put on a 

Different dress

To greet me

Frilly spring green

Lined with darker

Evergreen

A lace slip of 

Pear blosooms

Peeking from underneath

Her voice…

Filled with a thousand

Notes of birdsong

Calling me 

To the heart

Of home.

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2015

Follow one man’s Quest…”Elizabeth” A Free eBook, Available For Download Now!!

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In order to answer a call of love…Follow one man’s quest… As he tries to span beyond death itself…

Haunting, Elegiac and Beautiful…

Just some of the things used to describe a working process I hope you will take the time to experience.

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Spring Concerto

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Trembling in the light

A violin vibrato

Plum blossoms open

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2015

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Driven by Recursion

patterns

Patterns repeating

Looking within for insight

Fractals of chaos

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2015

Artist: Yellena James, “Patterns”

An Open Letter

A friend of mine shared a video with me today he dedicated to those who suffer in silence.Those who want to end their lives. Those who swing from one extreme to another. Here is a special message just for you. You aren’t alone. In the video, you may not be able to read the words, but you can feel the tenderness. Please know that you are Someone who matters.

In his words:

Many youngsters, primarily girls (some very tender with their minds) today are suffering from the demons of self-harm and suicidal thoughts, many times due to image crisis, often put on them by others who don’t know what pain someone is going through.

Lack of empathy is something that needs to be brought to light.
They suffer and never tell anyone about it. They don’t deserve this pain. Each one of us deserves love. So, I felt I too need to do something, so I wrote this letter. If you can relate to this, it’s for you. Please smile.
If anyone ever wishes to counsel about anything that makes you sad, never hesitate to write me a message. I understand. I care. I’ll do whatever I can, as long as I can. [I might have a machine face but I’m very much human within]
Never forget that you are loved

I was inspired by this young man’s heart and earnest desire to reach out to others. Let’s cultivate an open heart within ourselves. Pema Chödrön writes, “It is unconditional compassion for ourselves that leads naturally to unconditional compassion to others. The first step is to develop compassion for our own wounds.” If we can manage to show ourselves self-compassion it flows naturally towards others. It doesn’t take much to give kindness to ourselves…then we connect to the riches of our souls we are empowered to share that same abundance with the others. Be kind to yourself. Embrace your essence…all of it.

My Brilliant Image

One day the sun admitted,

I am just a shadow.

I wish I could show you

The Infinite Incandescence 

That has cast my brilliant image!

I wish I could show you,

When you are lonely or in darkness,

The Astonishing Light

Of your own Being!

By: Hafiz