I get my inspiration from being an ongoing student of life, history and wild imagination and I glean much wisdom from various global philosophies. The lotus is considered an extremely auspicious flower in many cultures because it grows in murky waters and emerges above the surface of the water as a stainless and exquisite flower. Like the lotus seed, we are filled with potential. Like the lotus stem, our spirits are resilient. Like the environment the lotus blooms in, both the muddy experiences and the sunny experiences may serve to enhance our journey. Like the lotus, we too can choose to share our unique selves with the world and create more peace on the planet. I also resonate with Sally Kempton’s and Adyashanti’s teachings on meditation and with poets such as Hafiz, Mary Oliver and Rumi.
The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
Meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
Because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
translation by Coleman Barks