Tuesday, September 30, 2014

love is

love without form,
for love is in all forms.

love because it is our nature,
love because love is everything.

love without attachment,
for attachment strangles love.

love without jealousy,
for jealousy denies the true nature of love.

be never inclined to satiate the ego,
in your self,
in those you love,

for ego is the enemy of the eternal lover.

let your love become illumined
like a crystal held up to the sun

and know this, beloved:

that it is not the one you lie with that your love is for,
it is the eternal lover.

and it is not the child you bore that your love is for,
it is the eternal lover.

we are butterflies, beloved.
given the arduous task of kissing every beautiful thing we see.

so, kiss.
and let your kiss be full, be sweet

like the finest wine,
like the deepest sea.

let love's kiss linger upon the hearts
of every flower you meet

until their ecstasy is so great that they too
must let some petals fall to the ground

and let others grow
and be shapen into wings.

that they too must take flight
and lift free of their attachments,

their hearts transformed into
the heart of love herself,

their forms evolved into
butterflies.

love, love, love, beloved.

for love is what we're here for,

love is where we came from,

and love is where we're headed.

love is the hand that gave us these tender forms,
pulling us out of the shell of our seed,

out of the flesh of the earth,
into the sunlight.

love is the seed
and love is the soil.

love is the sun
and love is the rain.

love is the kiss that awakens us
and love is our final form.

be love, beloved,
as i am love.

then your eyes will be opened
and your heart will finally see

that i am you
and you are me.

this.
is the perfection of love.

this.
is how butterflies,
and galaxies
are born.

beloved,

be loved.

be love.

- love (august 31, 2014)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

exiled

meditating in the jungle yesterday evening, i kept hearing my name drifting through the buzzing of mosquitoes. no big deal, i just thought the mosquitoes were calling my name. it turned out to be a small search party out urgently looking for me.
explaining very little, they had me hurriedly pack a bag and leave the village. as i was leaving my house, still unaware of the reasoning for my leaving, the children playing in the dormitory yard spotted me and they all turned and yelled "bubbye teacher!", blowing me kisses and waving. that's a moment i'll always remember, as tears welled up in my eyes and all i could manage was a faint wave and a fake reassuring smile. i was given a long sleeve shirt and bamboo farmers hat to cover my skin color and escorted back to the border by the karen rebel army under cover of darkness.
there have been some severe clashes between karen and burmese forces near the village, and me being an illegal foreigner living among them presented a great risk for the entire village. the burmese military has also been scouting out the village recently and most assuredly knew of my presence there. so i'm gonna have to live in exile for a while until the situation calms down. they seemed hopeful that it should be just a few days. i don't know if that hope is well founded or not. it seems unlikely, but i sincerely hope it's true. these are the largest clashes since a landmark ceasefire was signed nearly two years ago, and represents a significant setback in the progress towards peace and reconciliation.
this, the world's longest-running civil war (65 years) has gone on for far too long. there's a lot of bitterness and nationalism on both sides, and tension is high. yet a hope for peace and reconciliation is also very present.
please pray for peace. pray for love.