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windblade

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The Avowal
-Denise Levertov


As swimmers dare
to lie face to the sky
and water bears them,
as hawks rest upon air
and air sustains them,
so would I learn to attain
freefall, and float
into Creator Spirit’s deep embrace,
knowing no effort earns
that all-surrounding grace.

 

windblade

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The Prayer of the Teacup
- Macrina Wiederkehr

I stand at my window and watch
one by one the stars all leave me
I am having tea with the dawn
the first ray of sun descending
into my teacup
into my heart
The steam of my tea ascending
to the heavens
into God's heart
The yearning in my heart streaming
to the heavens
into God's heart
And God, standing in the heavens
watching the sun rise in my heart
leans down to breathe in
the first rays of my yearning
and names it morning prayer.
 

windblade

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“Don't say that I will depart tomorrow -
even today I am still arriving.
Look deeply: every second I am arriving
to be a bud on a Spring branch,
to be a tiny bird, with still-fragile wings,
learning to sing in my new nest,
to be a caterpillar in the heart of a flower,
to be a jewel hiding itself in a stone…
Please call me by my true names,
so I can wake up
and the door of my heart
could be left open,
the door of compassion

( His name is pronounced Tick - Not - Hahn) A Vietnamese Zen Buddhist.

He is greatly inspiring to me - his teachings and how he has lived his life. Martin Luther King Jr. nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Springwater's speaking of him encouraged me to seek him out more, get to know him. I know I will be reading more of his teachings.

 
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