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Soul and Spirit

“Let the Soul banish all that disturbs;

Let the Body that envelopes it be still,
And all the frettings of the Body,

And all that surrounds it.
Let Earth and Sea and Air be still
And Heaven itself.
And then let the Body think
Of the Spirit as streaming, pouring,
Rushing and shining into it from
All sides while it stands quiet.”

Plotinus, 205

Happy Chinese New Year!

This year,  is the   year  of the  ” Fire  Monkey”   apparently.    Monkeys  like to  play,   and  so  here is  a  pantoum I  wrote,  called  ”  ODE TO  CIMI”  (   CIMI   being a  Mayan  entity)  in   honor of   monkeys ….and  playing!  ~  kmk

Ode to Chuen

Chuen, Blue Monkey,
Royal Trickster,
swing me to the playful path!
Free my magical child.

Royal Trickster,
what is so funny?
Free my magical child.
Put seriousness on the shelf.

What is so funny?
Laughter heals, as I
put seriousness on the shelf,
shifting perspective.

Laughter heals as
illusions are broken,
shifting perspective
to the comedy of life.

Illusions are broken.
Innocence bounces back.
To the comedy of life,
I wake!

Innocence bounces back.
Chuen, Blue Monkey,
I wake!
Swing me to the playful path!

Hands

Someone I know recently    made  a    beautiful  comment  about  my  hands.  This  post  was inspired  by them.  Thank  you,  JM.   ~kmk
“Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.”
Rumi, The Essential Rumi

hell to heaven

“No  tree,  it is said,  can  grow to heaven unless  its  roots   reach  down to   hell.”

~  C.G.  Jung

So  true.  ~kmk

scars and wounds

A   RUMI   quote  worth   sharing  again and  again:

” The  wound is the  place where the  Light  enters  you.”  ~ Rumi

Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
– Author unknown

Good  words  for  a  New  Year .   ~  KMK

Time’s tailor has never made a robe for anyone
Without then slashing it to pieces.
See how the million fools of this world
Pay Satan heaps of gold for pain!
Don’t stretch out your legs on this earth-carpet,
It is a borrowed bed; fear that day
His messengers come to roll it up forever.
How can you go on gazing at the body’s dust?
Search out the Horseman of the Soul!
Train your vision with passion and longing,
And see the Horseman at the heart of this dust-storm!

– Jalal-ud-Din Rumi

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