Category: Poem (Page 1 of 21)

Looking Westward

 

Looking westward at sunrise,
we found colour on the far horizon
and in our disorientation
drew back to watch the rising sun
whisper to cushion-clouds
as it briefly held a painter’s blend
of feathered flames and fustian greys.

And all this, where it was not supposed to be.

The promise of daybreak had broken westward
and we could no longer, on that morning,
gaze softly to the east in daily reverence,
prayerful and obeisant
in the still and forming light.

We were, by some irregular enchantment,
called to reorder expectation. 

And then, upon reflection,
knew the natural world as teacher,
and in a moment’s realisation,
found our selves awoken
and completely rearranged.

 

Martin @ 2021

Dearest Voice of the Soul

May I be ready and willing to listen to you,
you are the first and truest way of knowing. 

May I receive your guidance,
you are the first and truest guide. 

You are at the centre and you are the centre:
of my being, becoming, and belonging.

You are the still and immediate self.
The knowing, ever present presence.

You are the inner guiding voice before and beyond all other voices.
The inner sense before and beyond all other senses.

You are irreducible as spontaneous light.
You are in truth, the voice of truth. 

Yours is the guiding hand
in the filament and firmament of now.

The grace of the living soul,
your word is Good and your word is Truth. 

May I remain with you, un-distracted and un-afraid,
resolute and always ready to listen.

 

Martin © 2021

To Be with Life – A Prayer

With love & acknowledgment to Jim Finley

At meditation this morning a prayer emerged.

Dear Life, grant me the way:

  • To see what can be seen and needs to be seen, within and beyond the sense of sight.
  • To hear what can be heard and needs to be heard, within and beyond the sense of hearing.
  • To touch what can and needs to be touched within and beyond the sense of touching.
  • To taste what can and needs to be tasted within and beyond the sense of taste.
  • To smell and breath in what can be and needs to be breathed in within and beyond the sense of smell.

To be with this Life as it flows through that which is temporal to that which is spirit. To that which is.

And so may I:

Be still and know that I am Life
Be still and know that I am
Be still and know
Be still
Be

Martin © 2021 🙏

An Insight on the Opportunity of Recurring Difficulty

Recurring difficulty and the way I react to that difficulty is the signature of opportunity for learning and healing.

The inherent intelligence of the recurring difficulty points to the part of me in reaction that needs my attention.

The part of me that requires space, love and understanding.

The part of me that I need to sit with in relationship.

Just as I would sit quietly with a troubled child who is struggling to wake from a disturbing dream.

And on peaceful awakening, finding, the space I hold, holds me.

Martin © 2021

Before Curiosity

For Thomas & For Dean

Before curiosity
A space
For noticing

To simply
Be with what is

To find lapping at the shoreline of imperceptibility
A delicate ocean of sensation

And beyond gratitude

To touch subtlety
Wonder
Wisdom
And connection

Swaying delightfully
In the filament
And the firmament

Of Now

 

Martin © 2021

To Love, Friendship and the Voice of Compassion

For Jan, Nick and all our children

 

Speak through me

Truest voice of compassion

Speak

In words and forms that begin
the centre of being

In shapes and sounds forged by soul’s intent
In colours and waves that in understanding become sweet invitations to be understood
That call upon the universal ear

To listen

Deeply 

To be still

You are needed most 
When shadows 

Envelop

When

Suffocation pretends itself protection
When voracious doubt
Incapacitates
When judgment rends whole fabrics

In healing and in light

I pray 

To speak boldly
To utter bodily your voice
Unconditional living love

Ever present at the centre of all

Being
All becoming
All belonging

 

Martin © 23/01/2021

Expectation or Anticipation

 

Expectations, often prefaced with: it should, they should, I should, he should, she should…

will sooner or later lead to disappointment.

 

Anticipations, often prefaced with: let’s see if, it’s likely that, it’s possible to…

will always be revealed one way or another.

 

And no ego will suffer in the making.

Martin @ 2020

The Benefits of Relentless Ownership

 

Unwavering authenticity arises

when I practice relentless ownership of everything

i say, think, and do, in all environments.

Curiously, I’ve discovered that remarkable things happen

when I show up this way

and more particularly, when I show up in service of others.

Martinos © 2019

5 Maxims for Leading Self

What I judge in others
I fear in myself

What I react to
Is where my work is

When I criticise another’s faults
I’ve named my own blind spots

I suffer when I believe my own thoughts, when
They insist on disagreeing and arguing with what is actually happening

My perception of the world is not the world
My curiosity however, will get me closer to it

Martinos © 2019

Podcast Reading: spoken and written by Mathew Brensilver: Amplify Your Compassion

Podcast Reading, spoken and written by Mathew Brensilver on March the 3rd 2019 at The Insight Meditation Centre, Redwood City, California.


I transcribed this section of Mathew’s Dharma Talk and posted it here as it is a piece of writing that calls me back again and again; to contemplate, to hold and to let sink ever deeper into the part of me that is eternally true.

Martinos


Sila (Ethics) Reflection

Make of yourself a refuge for all beings. The Buddha enjoins us to cultivate this radical heart. A cultivation expressing not only Sila (Ethics) but also Samadhi (Unification of Mind) and Panyo (Wisdom). 

To be safe for others entails a path of self discovery, humility, sensitivity and willingness to be softened by one’s own suffering.

Goodness ripens through a process of letting go and letting go involves a measure of grief. 

We grieve the harm done to us and the harm done by us, we grieve the human condition, the indivisibility of life and suffering.

This process is autobiographical, idiosyncratic and universal. To be mindful of goodness brings love, to be mindful of pain also brings love. This asymmetry is the miracle. 

The more attuned we are to our heart and its instant karmic reverberations the clearer our ethical life will be. The more unified the mind becomes the deeper the love will be. Boundless, nothing but warmth. The effortless care that is the face of emptiness.

And we learn unwaveringly that hatred is never the last word. Sila [ethics] expresses the entire path. And then we begin again. The story we tell about love is never final, new questions, complexities and debts arise.

Might I know more than I suppose? The ego complicates everything – I want to think of myself as a really good person and I don’t really want to change my behaviour – ethical development stagnates when we rationalise our preferences. 

It’s conceivable that goodness entails much more than even we good people are accustomed to giving. Just because the saint is extremely rare, doesn’t mean that anything less, strictly speaking, is justifiable. I can imagine in the not distant future a major reconfiguration of our ethical obligations, to non-human animals, to the egregious suffering of the most vulnerable around the globe and to future generations. 

This is a time for radical hearts.

I don’t usually feel up to the task, but I am steadfast in keeping a relationship with my own sense of moral incoherence. From that relationship I hope that I evolve and contribute more of what I owe to the welfare of others.

The path unfolds and then at some point it’s time to die. The final gesture of letting go which is both deeply poignant and also not such a big deal. 

Your life was made complete by what you gave away.

Mathew Brensilver

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