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An Ocean in a Drop of Water

Mountains and oceans have whole worlds of innumerable wondrous features. We should understand that it is not only our distant surroundings that are like this, but even what is right here, even a single drop of water.

– Eihei Dogen

Wisdom from Helen Keller

ireland_cliffThe best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.

– Helen Keller

On What Is My Life Built?

Today’s Advent reading is from the 7th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew

Anyone who hears my words and puts them into practice is like the wise one who built a house on rock.
-Matthew 7:24

We have recently witnessed the ravages of Sandy, and our hearts go out to those who are still without shelter as winter is upon us. We are reminded of the precarious nature of life. And truly, there is no way to insulate and protect ourselves from tragedy whether we build our homes on sand or rock. So how do we build our inner lives? And how do we reach out to others when tragedy strikes? On what are our lives built?

This home is precariously perched on a bluff above the Pacific Ocean below. How is my life situated?

This home is precariously perched on a bluff above the Pacific Ocean below. How is my life situated?

Letting Go

Only This

We need, in love, to practice only this:
letting each other go.
For holding on comes easily;
we do not need to learn it.

Source: Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke

Abandoned house, precariously perched on the cliffs over the sandy beach in Bolinas

This house is going. Eventually all the houses on the bluff will tumble to the sand below. No matter how hard we cling, they will go. Rilke’s right. I don’t need to practice clinging. How do I learn to let go, so that I can be prepared for the final letting go?