For the Sake of True Love

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But for the sake

Of true love

I let go…

Of pride

Of fear

Of illusion

Misunderstandings

Like a wind

Blowing through 

The forest

In a sacred dance

Of leaves

I let go…

For the sake

Of true love

I let go…

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2016*

“Everyday we say or do things that might leave behind ‘internal formations’ in the person we love. Following that, then the suffering and pain grow, and the person we love turns into something like a bomb that might explode at any moment. A few words are all it takes to trigger anger in this person, who you are afraid to approach and who you are afraid to talk to because he or she has become a bomb loaded with too much suffering. When you try to get away from him or her, this person thinks you do so out of contempt and their suffering increases. You also have become a bomb, because you have lost the ability to speak the language of peace, of understanding. You have lost the ability to listen, and so all communication has become impossible.”  ~Thich Nhat Hahn, True Love

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Cultivating the energy of loving speech and deep listening is a daily practice that begins with ourselves. When we reach that point where we are no longer able to speak and listen with compassion either to ourselves or to another being then its time to pause and look deeply and to trust our heart to guide us. The practice of mindfulness can help us. Mindful breathing and walking. It can help us to come back to ourselves. Bringing our mind and body together in alignment. That happens because we take the time to be present with ourselves by connecting with our breath. Or if we are walking our concentration is on the step connecting with the Earth. This brings a sense of grounding to our being. A space of calm can open our hearts so that we can see ourselves again. Mindful breathing helps us to take care of our body, our painful emotions, and to become aware of our mind.  Sometimes we lose perspective and see ourselves as something apart…something separate. We become overloaded because we aren’t taking care of ourself. But, we don’t have to get caught up in the stories we tell ourselves. Instead, we can retrain ourselves to focus our attention. When looking at our views and perceptions we can find a way to let go of our conditioning, illusions and misunderstandings. We don’t have to do anything…we don’t have to try hard. Breathing happens naturally because we are alive. We just need to notice our breath. Coming back to our breath and reconnecting with our bodies and mind opens up a space for our heart to guide us back to safety…the island of mindfulness. Where we can reconnect to Life. To True Love.

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*this poem is dedicated to the monks and nuns, Wake Up staff from Plum Village and laypersons who guided us through the retreat “Happy Teachers Change the World” at EIAB during October 14th-23rd

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Allow Healing

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Rosehip tears

Mourning

A closed heart

The color of red

Bleeding 

In winter

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2016

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“Embrace yourself, in these times, and acknowledge yourself for the extraordinary progress you are making, as a soul, in every waking moment.

“The very fact that you are drawn to reading these words attests to an openness on your part to aligning with the momentum of this multidimensional journey. Know that what you have done so reflects great courage on your part. And that to continue to do so, despite the resistance of consensus thinking, puts you in the forefront of those destined to emerge…”

“The opportunity to circumvent some of the mountains that most will manifest and choose to scale lies in the ability, in the moment at hand, to release the need to control the result of the dynamics of any circumstance in which one finds oneself.

“By consciously shifting one’s intent to one of conscious allowance of the manifestation of the highest good of the collective, one enhances the opportunity to manifest the brightest possible outcome for oneself.

“In so doing, one is able to secure a state of beingness that is unencumbered by eons of trial and error and is free to explore the joys of manifestaion of the Divine Will in alignment with one’ own.”

Rasha from Oneness,

*from MysticMama: http://www.mysticmamma.com/embrace-yourself/

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“The very center of your heart is where life begins, the most beautiful place on Earth.” ~Rumi

Healing Heart Meditation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDw1iYUjFAk

 

 

 

 

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

Lunar Eclipse and Sweet Harmony

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Excerpts from Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice”:

Lorenzo:
How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!
Here will we sit, and let the sounds of music
Creep in our ears: soft stillness and the night
Become the touches of sweet harmony.
Look, how the floor of heaven
Is thick inlaid with patines of bright gold:
There’s not the smallest orb that thou behold’st
But in his motion like an angel sings
Still quiring to the young-eyed cherubins;
Such harmony is in immortal souls;
But, whilst this muddy vesture of decay
Doth grossly close it in, we cannot hear it.
Come, ho! and wake Diana with a hymn:
With sweetest touches pierce your mistress’ ear,
And draw her home with music.

Jessica:
I am never merry when I hear sweet music.

Lorenzo:
The reason is, your spirits are attentive:
The man that hath no music in himself,
Nor is not mov’d with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils;
The motions of his spirit are dull as night,
And his affections dark as Erebus:
Let no such man be trusted… Music! hark!

Nerissa:
It is your music of the house.

Portia:
Methinks it sounds much sweeter than by day.

Nerissa:
Silence bestows that virtue on it.

Portia:
How many things by season season’d are.
To their right praise and true perfection!
Peace, ho! the moon sleeps with Endymion,
And would not be awak’d.

(Soft stillness and the night
Become the touches of sweet harmony.)

Life is But a Dream

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“The sage knows that nothing dies, that life is mere illusion: Life is but one dream flowing into another”

-Deng Ming-Dao-

Isn’t this what we learn from the time that we are children? 

The Universal Embrace

These four parts of Deva Premal’s album Embrace were part my meditation this morning.

The 1st: Shree Ram Jai Ram

Shree Ram Jai Ram
Jai Jai Ram Om

Glory to Ram
the all pervading being,
and the Goddess Lakshmi,
the mother of abundance.

“An alternative translation of this famous mantra is simply, ‘Thy will be done.’ which is another way of acknowledging the Universal Embrace. It seems to me that the biggest learning in life is the realisation of the absolute perfection of Existence. Everything is as it should be…how could we ever doubt it? I sing this to honour a life of blissful surrender and trust; to that which is…” ~ Deva Premal~

The 2nd: Shante Prashante

Shante Prashante
Sarva Bhaya
Upasha Mani Swaha

Invoking supreme peace I surrender
the quality of fear to its source in
the higher and formless universal
mind. Salutations.

“Since fear seems to be my main obstacle to absolute freedom, this is an important mantra for me. What I love about Shante Prashante is that it values fear as a quality, something which can be a great transforming force. We are actually blessed by those ‘undesirable’ qualities in us, because they point the way to liberation.” ~Deva Premal~

The 3rd: Rang De

Rang de, Rang de, Range de
Jai ma rang de, rang de
Satya-prakashake hei
bhranti-vinashake hei
satchidanande to hei
aisa hamko rang de

Rang de, rang de, range de
jai ma rang me, rang de
niremale mane kare de
prem-atule kare de
prem ka sagare tu hei
aisa hamko rang de

Rang de, rang de, range de
osho rang me, rang de

You are the one who enlightens the truth.
You are the one who destroys the illusions.
You are truth, consciousness and bliss,
colour me, colour me, great mother,
colour me likewise.

Colour me, colour me, great mother,
colour me likewise

Please purify our consciousness.
Please fill us with love.
You are the ocean of love, please
colour me likewise.

“Miten always loved the piece, and when he played it for me during the recording of Embrace., I was uplifted by the exuberance and charm of the song….I hope it lifts your spirits, as it does mine.” ~Deva Premal~

The 4th: Teyata

Teyata om bekanze bekanze
maha bekanze radza samudgate soha

It is like this.
Medicine Buddha, you are the King,
the Supreme Healer. Please remove illness,
illness and the great illness.
Now I offer this prayer.

“Teyata carries the healing quality of great prayer. Illness can be understood on all three levels: physical, psychological, and mental. The great illness manifests as the illusion of duality, the root cause of our suffering. The Medicine Buddha is invoked with this mantra, and blesses us immediately with Divine Presence. I also love that this mantra concludes with ‘soha’ which means, ‘Now I offer this prayer. I have asked, and I am ready to surrender to whatever needs to happen.” ~Deva Premal~

The Discernment of Forgiveness

“Only love is real. Nothing else actually exists. If a person behaves unlovingly, then that means that regardless of their negativity –anger or whatever–their behavior derived from fear and doesn’t actually exist. They’re hallucinating. You forgive them, then because there’s … Continue reading