Category Archives: STEP 11

WAITING FOR THE PAST

looking off the short horizon,
the Sun a white daystar of squinch
glazing the ground like frozen twilight,

no life, no company, no nearness,
never a memory or a joke . . .

LES MURRAY

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“The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.”

Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die

“Life-ahead is timeless fortune.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

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A Gypsy (Fortune Teller) By Meena Mustafa – Poem by Meena Mustafa

A room I entered of fortune and dreams

A mystic world, now it seems

Hoping to find answers, I followed my heart

A gypsy woman to read my stars

She lay before me some scattered bones

And talked about ruins and magic stones

Then she gazed into the crystal ball

Getting some answers to her call

A vision of a dream, started to form

Shaping into reality as she performed

‘Teller of fortune, holder of hearts’

‘Tell me what lies beneath the cards’

She got some answers as mystery unfolds

Fear not for I see your heart is of gold

Good days are ahead so just behold!

You will find answers that I was told

The sky is your fortune; you’ll find your way

Forget your sorrows and dream each day

Smell the flowers that bloom in the fields

So many broken hearts have healed

So fear no more and open up your heart

To a new beginning all from the start.

Meena Mustafa

“I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.” — Willa Cather from O Pioneers!

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Rainforest by Libby Hathorn

Oh don’t bring down

The ancient pine,

The breath of life

That’s yours and mine.

 

Don’t tear it out

saw it down

gouge it, chop it,

let it drown.

 

Don’t fell the tree

that’s stood so long.

Leave bird and bush

Where they belong.

 

Leave the forest,

Green gold place,

the glow of hope

on this earth’s

old face.

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“I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.” ― Martin Luther

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Prayer

by David Huerta

Lord, save this moment.
There’s nothing outlandish or
miraculous about it, unless it holds
a hint of immortality, a breath
of salvation. It looks like
any number of other moments…
But it’s here now among us:
it casts its yellow light and swells
like the sun or like flaming lemons
– and tastes of the sea, of loved hands
and smells like a street in Paris
where we were happy. Save it
in your memory or deliver it
into the light that sets
on this page,
barely touching it.

If you steal, steal a camel, and if you love, love (someone as beautiful as) the moon. (If you’re going to do something, go all out.)

http://arabic.desert-sky.net/coll_proverbs.html

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“Night poured over the desert. It came suddenly, in purple. In the clear air, the stars drilled down out of the sky, reminding any thoughtful watcher that it is in the deserts and high places that religions are generated. When men see nothing but bottomless infinity over their heads they have always had a driving and desperate urge to find someone to put in the way.”

 Terry Pratchett, Jingo

All these years I’ve waited, tamarind – Silence! silence to the last, I pray.

Joseph Furtado (1872-1945)  the secret0 littlepeopleofas00mill_0141

“You speak of doing good to the world. Is the world such a small thing? And who are you, pray, to do good to the world? First realise God, see Him by means of spiritual discipline. If He imparts power you can do good to others; otherwise not.”
― Ramakrishna, Sayings of Sri Ramakrishna

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Dogs bark but the caravan moves on. Arab

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“Take almost any path you please, and ten to one it carries you down in a dale, and leaves you there by a pool in the stream.  There is magic in it.  Let the most absent-minded of men be plunged in his deepest reveries-stand that man on his legs, set his feet a-going, and he will infallibly lead you to water, if water there be in all that region.  Should you ever be athirst in the great American desert, try this experiment, if your caravan happen to be supplied with a metaphysical professor.  Yes, as every one knows, meditation and water are wedded forever.”


–  Herman Melville, Moby Dick

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Come, Come, Whoever you Are Wonderer, worshipper, lover of leaving. RUMI

It doesn’t matter.

Ours is not a caravan of despair.

Come, even if you have broken your vow  a thousand times

Come, yet again, come, come

http://healing-hearts-blog.com/category/mawlana-jalaluddin-rumi/

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Orhan Veli Kanik

I listen to Istanbul, my eyes closed:
First, a light wind blowing
A soft wind swaying
The leaves in the trees,
And far off in the distance
The tinkling cups of the water-seller;
I listen to Istanbul, my eyes closed.
I listen to Istanbul, my eyes closed:

http://www.inspirationalstories.com/poems/i-listen-to-istanbul-orhan-veli-kanik-poems/

Enlightenment must come little by little-otherwise it would overwhelm. Idries Shah

http://www.katinkahesselink.net/sufi/quotes.html
CHINATOWN

 

foto of the bellinger river from chinatown in urunga nsw

Reflections by Noel Davis

http://www.liturgyritualprayer.com/

Meeting in being
Out with the land once more
with the mountains sitting all around
their fiery colours now fast asleep
but the sky wide awake
her stars rapt in the moon
close to the top of the night.
A jet day and a world away from the noise of
do and go
and the lights of illusion
listening to the desert quiet
calling me home.
Still . . .
so still
this land in shadow
deep in the Dreaming
not a word from the trees
not a sigh from the rocks
not a whisper from the dry grass
not a sound . . .
all about silent
meeting in being.

THE ROOM AS MEDITATION. SO THEN…….

© 2005, Noel Rowe
From: Touching the Hem

http://www.poetryinternationalweb.net/pi/site/poem/item/9742/auto/The-room-as-meditation.-So-then

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Chakra Garden of Jewels ~ Julie Lusk with inspiration from Kabir

Don’t go outside your house to search for jewels.
Don’t even bother with that excursion, my friend.
There are jewels inside yourself.
Precious, profound and ready to be discovered.

http://wholesomeresources.com/library/yoga-sayings-quotes-poems/

Remember, the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you. Rumi.

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Sanctuary, a poem by Chris Michael Johnson, Australia

Sanctuary

A single star
peeps
through
the mellow
night,
more
rain to
follow.
The hum
of ciccadas,
nature’s
choir
by the
creek,
serenade the
silence
of
the air.
Cheerful
friends in
this
sanctuary
of grace
in
troubled
days.

(C) 2012

Go barefoot. Or walk on the beach at sunset. Stop off on the way home tonight to get a double-dip ice cream cone.

http://www.dreamquestone.com/quotations.html

 

 

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As I come down the hill from Toro Poutini’s house
My feet are sore, being bare, on the sharp stones
And that is a suitable penance. The dust of the pa road
Is cool, though, and I can see
The axe of the moon shift down behind the trees
Very slowly. The red light from the windows
Of the church has a ghostly look, and in
This place ghosts are real. The bees are humming loudly
In moonlight in their old hive above the church door
Where I go to kneel, and come out to make my way
Uphill past a startled horse who plunges in the paddock
Above the nunnery. Now there are one or two
Of the tribe back in the big house—What would you have me do,
Kind Jesus? Your games with me have turned me into a boulder.

The Sacred Politics of James K. Baxter

http://www.australianpoetry.org/2012/11/26/the-sacred-politics-of-james-k-baxter/

 

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Persistence is the key

http://www.wiseoldsayings.com/prayer-quotes/

 

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Some stand on tiptoe trying to reach God to talk to him – you try too hard, friend – drop to your knees and listen to him, he’ll hear you better that way.


(Ever Garrison)

http://www.starstuffs.com/inspirational_sayings/prayer.htm

Joy and sorrow are the light and shade of life; without light and shade no picture is clear.

http://www.1world1way.com/coach/quotes_islamic_wisdom.html

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Many a time have I merely closed my eyes at the end of yet another troublesome day and soaked my bruised psyche in wild water, rivers remembered and rivers imagined. Rivers course through my dreams, rivers cold and fast, rivers well-known and rivers nameless, rivers that seem like ribbons of blue water twisting through wide valleys, narrow rivers folded in layers of darkening shadows, rivers that have eroded down deep into the mountain’s belly, sculpted the land, peeled back the planet’s history exposing the texture of time itself. — (Harry Middleton, On the Spine of Time or Rivers of Memory)

With every rising of the sun Think of your life as just begun.

– Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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The Aboriginal Sunrise Ceremonies are very special to our people. It starts when the sky is black, beautiful black. When the sun’s yellow circle arrives, it turns the sky red. This is why the Aboriginal flag is half red, half black with a yellow circle in the middle. At the Sunrise Ceremony, I meditate and ask the Great Spirit for direction. My hands fill with electricity. I touch you and you feel it, too. I heal people this way. My Grandmother did that, too. I learned all about that when I was a young fellow. Umbarra, the Black Duck, is the special totem of our tribe, the Yuin. We learn to respect the elders who hand on the Law. The elders guard the Law and the Law guards the people. This is the Law that comes from the mountain. The mountain teaches the dreaming.

(c) Guboo Ted Thomas

http://www.indigiquotes.com/index.php/indigenous-quotes/our-ceremonies/53-the-aboriginal-sunrise-ceremonies-are-very-special-to-our-people

ಅಲ್ಲದ ಕನಸು ಕಂಡರೆ ಎದ್ದು ಕುಂಡ್ರು. if you see a negative dream, get up and sit.

Meaning: wake up to the alarming calls.

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Talk:Kannada_proverbs

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When Sleeping Woman Wake, Mountain Will Move

Chinese Proverb

Even a small star shines in the darkness.

Danish Proverb

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“I’ve begun worshipping the sun for a number of reasons. First of all, unlike some other gods I could mention, I can see the sun. It’s there for me every day. And the things it brings me are quite apparent all the time: heat, light, food, and a lovely day. There’s no mystery, no one asks for money, I don’t have to dress up, and there’s no boring pageantry. And interestingly enough, I have found that the prayers I offer to the sun and the prayers I formerly offered to “God” are all answered at about the same 50% rate.”

― George Carlin, Brain Droppings

All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring.”

― Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

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Over time, as we become comfortable with God, we will talk with Him as with a trusted friend. He will be the Person with whom we can conduct our daily inventories of grief and confession issues. And we will begin to sense His answers to our prayers.

– Serenity, A Companion for Twelve Step Recovery, p. 72, 73