I am love
I saunter the boulevard this Sunday morning in June,
a balloon filled with gratuitous sympathy for my fellow strollers.
For ballast I raise my trunk to pluck sycamore branches,
chew leaves and twigs into tasty pulp.
I invite all who pass to caress my voluptuous hide,
my delightful largesse of skin to spare.
I’ve grown roomy, a lush sub-continent on four legs;
hibiscus-filled, and I adore my ears,
tuned in and planetary, swiveling to the music
of the six realms, to chatter everywhere;
to even the thunk-thunk of a sleeping snow leopard’s heart
in Nepal. Warmth radiating from me spontaneously dissolves
gold leaf gilding courthouse domes; I am ready to snap Barnum’s chain—
the fabricated world too small, now, for this splendid elephant.
orbs wrapped in
purple jute paper,
of the moon
bottled in a
a copper pot.
I am love
The common expression is ‘I love you.’ But instead of ‘I love you,’ it would be better to say, ‘I am love — I am the embodiment of pure love.’ Remove the I and you, and you will find that there is only love. It is as if love is imprisoned between the I and you. Remove the I and you, for they are unreal; they are self-imposed walls that don’t exist. The gulf between I and you is the ego. When the ego is removed the distance disappears and the I and you also disappear. They merge to become one — and that is love. You lend the I and you their reality. Withdraw your support and they will disappear. Then you will realise, not that ‘I love you,’ but that ‘I am that all-embracing love.’
— Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi Devi)
The level of peace that a child enjoys in that state of “ignorance,” prior to programming and conditioning and being assigned false identities, is never realized again in its lifetime, in most cases. The exceptions are those such as you, the ones who take these steps and return to that “state” of peace that exists when we are once again free of learned ignorance and the influence of the illusions of the body-mind-personality triad.
— Floyd Henderson
Attitude of Practice
Don’t think that only sitting with the eyes closed is practice. If you do think this way, then quickly change your thinking. Steady practice is keeping mindful in every posture, whether sitting, walking, standing or lying down. When coming out of sitting, don’t think that you’re coming out of meditation, but that you are only changing postures. If you reflect in this way, you will have peace. Wherever you are, you will have this attitude of practice with you constantly. You will have a steady awareness within yourself.
— Ajahn Chah