The Art of Grace

 

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Grace 

Falling

into my lap

Grace 

Not Knowing

Anything

About

Anything

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Grace

Keeping

 Me humble

Giving

Strength

To walk

Through Fear

Of being Inadequate

Never Measuring up

Never Being Good enough

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Grace

Letting

All things Be

Transcending

Emotion

and

Petty

thinking

 

Grace 

Revealing

Nothing

Is lost

Along

The way

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 Grace

 opening space

for

compassion

and

kindness

Grace

commanding

the extremes

of the

Universe.

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2015

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Heart Fires

heart fires

All the paths
I have wandered
Always lead home
Where heart fires
Warmly welcome.

My soul has been whispering to me today to look and listen more deeply to the love within myself. I have felt alone a lot in my life, but the more I come back to my essence the more fulfilled, connected and joyful I really am. In my meditation this morning, I came across the words of Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh, “When you are carried away with your worries, fears, cravings, anger and desire, you run away from yourself and lose yourself. Live your daily life in a way that you never lose yourself. Life is only available in the present moment.” I paused after those words and knew clearly that this year that would be my theme. No more waiting for some magical moment to appear…life isn’t gonna be like I want it to be, but I already have enough to be happy now.

So, I wrote a list in my journal of all the things that I was happy about right in that moment: a red gerianium looking out the kitchen window, Jill, my tabby, sitting beside it like a domestic goddess, watching fluffy, white snowflakes flying by horizontally on the wind, the pines quietly standing in the their wisdom across the way, my children sleeping in their rooms, a white French country table standing in the turquoise kitchen, the pen scribbling out my heart’s contentment onto the page, the gift of sight, the knowledge I’ve been blessed with to heal myself and others, Thai’s teachings of mindfulness, mysticism, and Tao, the Yaqui heritage of my ancestors, shamanic whispers of ‘old soul’ wisdom always with me, my lungs filled with air, and the present moment. Yes, I already have enough to be happy now.

I will rise to tantalizing heights this 2015 and fly on the wings of my highest potential into the space of my own unique spirit. What about you? What makes you happy in this moment?

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*photo ‘Loneliness of the soul’ by Kondakova Tata, http://thewinterhome.blogspot.it/2012/10/magia.html

Weight of the World

pain

Sometimes

It’s the little things

That bring tears

And weigh you down

Bringing the secret feeling

That you just want to quit

Then you breathe.

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2014

*Art by Margarita Georgiadis

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Aburrido Me Voy…Feeling Weary, I Go

Performed by Ana Gabriel

Lyrics in Spanish:
Aburrido me voy
me voy lejos de aqui
donde nadie pregunte
por que te perdi

Aburrido me voy
para nunca volver
dondequiera se muere
quien sabe querer

Si te adcuerdas de mi
no maldigas mi amor
que duro solamente
lo que dura una flor

No preguntes por mi
que no se adonde voy
ay! que triste me largo
que aburrido me voy

Si te acuerdas de mi
no maldigas . . .
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Lyrics in English:
Feeling weary, I go
I go away from here
Where nobody asks
Why I lost you

Feeling weary, I go
Never to return
Wherever, it dies
Who knows how to love

If you remember me
Do not curse my love
That lasted only as long
As a flower does

Do not ask me
Where I’m going
Ay! How sad is my longing
Feeling weary, I go

If you remember me
Do not curse. . .