our lives…

Moon and Tree through Lines


“Our lives are like the plants, floating along the water’s edge, illumined by the moon.”
~ Ryokan


we reflect
the beauty
of this life

for a time.

and then
given back
just as easily
and all too quickly.


there is always Light…

sitting with stars 2016

when the narrative is dark and foreboding, when the banner of fear is waved gathering the masses under it, and what is said divides us, denying our interdependence – look to nature to regain your balance. sit with her, resting in her silence, aligning yourself with the Way, and remember there is always Light.

sitting with stars…
when you miss the Sun

look to the Moon
when you miss the Moon

then you shall see
all of the suns

have come out to play

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beautiful moon…



gorgeous moon tonight. seeing her beauty reminded me of a favorite Zen story…


Ryokan, a Zen master, lived the simplest kind of life in a little hut at the foot of a mountain. One evening a thief visited the hut only to discover there was nothing in it to steal.
Ryokan returned and caught him. “You may have come a long way to visit me,” he told the prowler, “and you shoud not return emptyhanded. Please take my clothes as a gift.”
The thief was bewildered. He took the clothes and slunk away.
Ryokan sat naked, watching the moon. “Poor fellow,” he mused, “I wish I could give him this beautiful moon.”

#moon #zen #parables #Ryokan #beauty #JMWart #TheMettaGarden