New Beginning

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I finally see

What was there 

All along

True self

Offering up

A pure heart

Embracing

The wild side

To live faithfully

With Essence

My inner voice 

Sings forth

A new 

Life.

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2015

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An Impermanent Breath

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Sometimes there is a winding road

That seems to lead nowhere 

And the soul whispers, “Go on…

Don’t stop now…”

Taking a deep breath

You take the next step and the next

Clinging desperately to faith 

As you venture farther out

And you slowly begin to realize

Just how infinite your spirit is

You begin to see that 

You will never reach the end

Of your essence…

You go on and on 

An impermanent breath

Of eternity.

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2015

Mother Nature

Breathing in silence

Breathing out love and patience

Earthling gratitude

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2015

The Intervals In-between

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Bird chirp, vanguard for coming rain,

Dog skitters through twilight village.

Smoke raises a column through the pines,

Contented families dine in golden windows.

Life’s pulse is gauged in the hollows, the intervals between events. If you want to see Tao, you must discern these spaces. This requires leisure, the chance to sit and contemplate, and the opportunity to respond to inner urgings.

If you can find a place to retreat, you can make a life where Tao will flood into you. Out in the woods, or in the mountains, or even in small villages where the times are slow paced and the people sensitive to nature, there is the possibility of knowing the deep and the profound. Only when you have the time to accumulate an unshakable belief and faith can you glimpse the Tao in which there is restfulness and a natural sense of what is right.

-Deng Ming-Dao

rain drops

*1st photo by John MacTavish on Flickr

Singing a happy song

*2nd photo found on http://natalienet.tumblr.com/post/13156864629

**This post is dedicate to two very special people in the twitter community:

@SusieAreYouOk and @lintychim

The Willingness to Look

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Dandelion dreams

Walking home along the path

In step with the wind

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2015

“Honesty without kindness, humor, and goodheartedness can be just mean. From the very beginning to the very end, pointing to our own hearts to discover what is true isn’t just a matter of honesty but also of compassion and respect for what we see. Learning how to be kind to ourselves, learning how to respect ourselves, is important. The reason why is that, fundamentally, when we look into our own hearts and begin to discover what is confused and what is brilliant, what is bitter and what is sweet, it isn’t just ourselves that we’re discovering. We’re discovering the universe.”

-Pema Chödrön

Earth Aroma

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Grasses bending low

To hear rain telling secrets

The Earth murmurs back

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2015

One Blink Away

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What is the story?

A sigh of resignation

As opposed to love

Rather not knowing

Waiting for the wind to tell

White chestnut blossoms

To dance with watery light

Before the heart falls asleep

© 2015 Salem Islas-Madlo

“WE ALREADY HAVE everything we need. There is no need for self-improvement. All these trips that we lay on ourselves—the heavy-duty fearing that we’re bad and hoping that we’re good, the identities that we so dearly cling to, the rage, the jealousy and the addictions of all kinds—never touch our basic wealth. They are like clouds that temporarily block the sun. But all the time our warmth and brilliance are right here. This is who we really are. We are one blink of an eye away from being fully awake.”
― Pema Chödrön