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Anew.

It requires no elaboration to say that learning, at it's most fundamental, is important. It is yet another thing to learn something so profound that you can say, with resolute conviction, "I was this way before said learning, but I am now a wholly different person; a benchmark, so to speak. My life is changed. My ability to be present and to love has changed." My life, for the passed year, has been absolutely filled with these moments. I say thank you to the teachers; for those that nudged; for those that provoked questions; for those that said it simply and for those that laid it down hard and honest; and, for those whose actions (not words) were catalytic (for lack of a better word) to my being able to say that I am different now, right now, in ways I could only have dreamed to be blessed.

300 Years.

I was recently given an assignment, as it were, and was asked to comment on the following:

With the return to natural medicines; current progressions in modern medicine; the current paradigmatic shift; and, the evolution of spirituality / magic (including the eldest), there is a strong likelihood that the human lifespan may be significantly increased exponentially. I was given a span of 300 years as an example.

I was then asked the following questions:

In those 300 years, how many of them will you spend just "hanging out, loafing around?"

OR

How many arts will you master?
How many careers will you have?
How much of your body will you learn and how much will you learn to do with it?
How much will you bring to the world?
How much will you contribute?
And, I asked myself, how close will I get to the Godhead; how many of those years will I spend nourishing my spirit?

All of these questions left me spinning, and with a little nudge, I realized that while 300 years is tricky to conceive of given the teachings we've been laden with, it is not so difficult to plant that seed in the essence of myself so that I awake each morning with the intention do so and to live as though this vast span is inevitable.

No more wasting time. Wholly in the NOW and wholly in the waning days of year 2266...

What could this world be like if each of us woke with love in our hearts, embraced by each moment - entirely immersed in each moment, and secure in the ideal that while now - right now - is absolutely perfect, we've 300 years to savor so many more?

Powerful exercise. I urge you to do your best to think upon this yourself.

The Grace of Gratitude.

It requires no elaboration to say that learning, at it's most fundamental, is important. It is yet another thing to learn something so profound that you can say, with resolute conviction, "I was this way before said learning, but I am now a wholly different person; a benchmark, so to speak. My life is changed. My ability to be present and to love has changed." My life, for the past year, has been absolutely filled with these moments. I say thank you to the teachers; for those that nudged; for those that provoked questions; for those that said it simply; for those that laid it down hard and honest; and, for those whose actions (not words) were catalytic (for lack of a better word) to my being able to say that I am different now, right now, in ways I could only have dreamed to be blessed.

Howl.

There is a wolf inside,
dragging a limb,
caught in a trap,
though the spirit is full,
teeth are bare,
breath is heavy, but steady.
The churning cadence of live, life, survival, stillness.
The shame itself is Lycanthropic.
Forevermore into the gray…

Willing and Able.

Lead me to the deepest point.
Show me the eldest history.
Teach me the languages that only the first of us spoke.

Imbibe me with beginnings and ends.
Read to me an epitaph for the living,
and sing me the redemption.

Bury me beneath mountains.
Sink me to the bottoms of the darkest waters.

Feed me to the plants and trees.
Drop me from the sky in pieces that I might wet your smile.
Set me ablaze and let me warm your vivid memories of your first joy.

Cast me into space,
naked as I was born,
and witness me reintegrate, Universally.