FALLOW FIELDS; A Time for Rest and Contemplation.
The Ground is Left Unworked; Fertility is Naturally Restored.
Myriad events transpire;
one’s priorities change daily, hourly,
moment by moment. “Questioning
what is necessary, and practising the disciplines”?
Clear sky vision, nobody’s perogative.
Birds, without intention, cast a passing shadow and leave no trace.
Am I any different? Studying Zen hardly helps
Can work include idle contemplation?
In the universe
all is harmony. Our bodies
already know this;
but our minds are burdened
with another struggle.
Society is burdened
by customs and laws.
Everyone wants to avoid suffering,
yet everybody suffers.
Suffering and healing exist
in relation to each other.
Our problems multiply
when we try to control things for our own comfort
instead of practicing equanimity and kindness.
Action-No-Acion (Wei-Wu-Wei) The Wide Space of Healing
With right intention we can meet,
touching someone, or not,
talking and listening go together.
Can we be simply present to the healing power within,
as well as the pain?
Silence in front of that question.
When my eyes borrow the sky’s gaze
my hand also partakes of this guidance,
my touching becomes gentle, sensitive, astute, and kind,
like someone blind who does not know your name,
yet, reaching out, can hear and feel your soul.
And who should offer this treasure
that none can possess? Do we know the depth of our need
to be touched as an innocent being?
Feeling comes first. Art and discipline follow in due course.
The arrow of compassion flies true
when archer and target are one and the same.
Wounded then, we understand.