The Wise Man Does Nothing
"The foolish man
to be done.
The wise man
- Lao Tzu
In Praise of Monhegan Island
There are places on Earth that remind me of what the cosmically-inclined among us refer to as the astral plane, the realm where some people go after their time here is up to contemplate the life they lived.
In this place of gladness, when people pass each other on the unpaved path to whatever is next, they smile. Few words are exchanged, and when they are, they are already understood before anyone speaks.
There is instant recognition here, an equipoise, a pause, a sharing of presence beneath the blue sky.
Having finished what they came here to do, space opens up... and time... and hearts. Each person becomes harbor for the other, a field to go dancing in.
This realm, this unexpected manger between worlds, is an island of joy. There is no rushing here, no sudden moves, no unnecessary thoughts.
Here, each step is an arrival. Here, one breath is taken at a time. Here, you never want to leave.
You can find places like this on the Earth, cool ocean breezes, sea birds gliding, spruce trees, pines, a woman, in her garden, laughing, filling a basket with summer's first yield.
August 20, 2012
It's Really Very Simple
August 19, 2012
A Word to the Wise
August 16, 2012
The One Voice for Laos Documentary
Here is a remarkable 8-minute video produced by Garland Berenzy (16!), documenting the One Voice for Laos project -- an inspired humanitarian effort spearheaded by Hudson Valley teens, committed adults, and my amazing wife, Evelyne Pouget, to support 600 orphans in Luang Prabang, Laos. If you want to donate to the orphanage, send a check to the Windhorse Foundation (P.O. Box 26582, San Francisco, CA 94126) and write "Deak Kum Pa Orphanage" in the memo line.August 15, 2012
Close to Saugerties on August 23rd?
The Beautiful Paradox
or hang glider distance
to Saugerties, NY
please join me
for a brief
of Prem Rawat.
Admission is free.
August 13, 2012
Take What You Need
I don't know
The Secret Revealed
The Beautiful Sadness of Longing
A big thank you to Fernando Garcia for using one of my poems, and Stuart Hoffman's music, along with a variety of beautiful images, to create a moving slide show about a topic not often talked about.August 06, 2012
Why Can't There Be Peace?
Inspiring song by Tom Pacheco. Performed by the Onteora High School Choir. PS: There CAN be peace -- and it starts inside of each of us.August 04, 2012
No Mud, No Lotus