Monday, September 5, 2011

Cleaning House

Tao te Ching, Chapter 12

Colors blind the eye.
Sounds deafen the ear.
Flavors numb the taste.
Thoughts weaken the mind.
Desires wither the heart.

The Master observes the world
but trusts his inner vision.
He allows things to come and go.
His heart is open as the sky.

I have never been good at most of this.
Just observing,
resisting the urge to act, leap, fix, mend,
and especially this,
allowing things to come and go.

I believe Dear Reader, I'm better at it now, after the year of Cancer Camp, a spiritual boot camp for me.  My year of living dangerously.

It is not easy
to reject the stimulation and distraction of this world,
quiet the chaos in my head,
let go of my assumptions and mythology,
travel inward,
still and hushed,
and wait for the Voice
who speaks the truth
without words.

Comings and goings.
Two themes are recurring for me.
What is coming in my life?  Service.
What needs to go? Too many things held on to that do not serve, in my head, and in my house.

This is where I will start.
Loosen my grip,
clear my space,
hush my over thinking,
heart and hands open
to serve.

Where will you start today?

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