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18 May

A Blessing for Equilibrium

Savoring every word in this beautiful poem…and sharing with you all.

Like the joy of the sea coming home to shore,
May the music of laughter break through your soul.

As the wind wants to make everything dance,
May your gravity be lightened by grace.

Like the freedom of the monastery bell,
May clarity of mind make your eyes smile.

As water takes whatever shape it is in,
So free may you be about who you become.

As silence smiles on the other side of what’s said,
May a sense of irony give you perspective.

As time remains free of all that it frames,
May fear or worry never put you in chains.

May your prayer of listening deepen enough
To hear in the distance the laughter of God.

“A Blessing for Equilibrium”
– John O’Donohue

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11 May

The Way

Another poem I came across, hope you all will find it fruitful.

Friend, I have lost the way.
The way leads on.
Is there another way?
The way is one.
I must retrace the track.
It’s lost and gone.

Back, I must travel back!
None goes there, none.

Then I’ll make here my place,
(The road leads on),
Stand still and set my face,
(The road leaps on),

Stay here, for ever stay.
None stays here, none.
I cannot find the way.
The way leads on.

Oh places I have passed!
That journey’s done.
And what will come at last?
The road leads on.

“The Way”
– by Edwin Muir

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19 Oct

The Invitation

I came across this poem this morning, really loved it.

It doesn’t interest me
what you do for a living.
I want to know
what you ache for
and if you dare to dream
of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me
how old you are.
I want to know
if you will risk
looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me
what planets are
squaring your moon…
I want to know
if you have touched
the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened
by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know
if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know
if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you
to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations
of being human.

It doesn’t interest me
if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear
the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know
if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
“Yes.”

It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live
or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me
who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me
where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know
what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know
if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like
the company you keep
in the empty moments.

– By Oriah,
from the book “The Invitation”

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28 Mar

Thankful

It’s the first breath of springtime
And a warm wind picks up the fallen blossom
And sails in circles around the street

A lady cycles past with her hair in braids
As they’re pulling down the awnings to the train station cafe

I’m alive and I’m thankful for this time
I’m alive and I’m thankful for this time

6 O’ clock summer afternoon
Next door’s kids are playing in the yard
I’m doing the dishes at the window and the radio’s playing ‘Superstar’
And the sun falls down
Upon the garden next door
Where two young boys are fighting
‘Til a woman appears at the door

And the fires and the fog and falling leaves
All under October’s sky
You walked me home in the cold after closing time
As the leaves rushed by

How I want to be loved
How I need to be loved
Now that I’ve found you
I’d do anything for you

In the forest of angels
That’s where we laid you down
And I can hear you whisper
When the first frost falls on the ground

You’re alive, just be thankful
For this time
You’re alive, just be thankful
For this time

– Thankful, by Rumer

P.S. 祝 生日快樂.

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29 Oct

從這裡…開始

朋友對我說, let ourselves beloved.

Beloved…
Be
Loved

Be loved, by yourself.
Be loved, by God.

He is ready to meet you
where you are.

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29 Oct

The Sacrament of Waiting

不知時間往那裡去了
一下子 就過了十個多月

很久沒有寫部落格了!
唉~ 忙是不錯 不過也是藉口
提不出那半丁點兒的力量 推動一下
就像遲遲都沒有「再次開始」做運動一樣…

由靜止(stillness)到運行(motion) 差別
往往就是這 看似很微細
但又異常困難 的一個起步

今天有點「心動」
(Stirrings of my heart…)
看見這首詩 很喜歡 想記載下來

The Sacrament of Waiting
Macrina Wiederkehr

Slowly
she celebrated the sacrament of letting go.
First she surrendered her green,
then the orange, yellow, and red
finally she let go of her brown.
Shedding her last leaf
she stood empty and silent, stripped bare.
Leaning against the winter sky
she began her vigil of trust.

Shedding her last leaf
she watched its journey to the ground.
She stood in silence
wearing the color of emptiness,
her branches wondering;
How do you give shade with so much gone?

And then,
the sacrament of waiting began.
The sunrise and sunset watched with tenderness.
Clothing her with silhouettes
they kept her hope alive.

They helped her understand that
her vulnerability,
her dependence and need,
her emptiness,
her readiness to receive
were giving her a new kind of beauty.
Every morning and every evening they stood in silence
and celebrated together
the sacrament of waiting.

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19 May

兩句話

剛從退修會回來
感恩 自覺短短三天 獲益良多
很多東西想在此和大家分享
不過…還是慢慢的來吧 :-)

不過 急不及待 還是想把這兩句話記下來…
蕭牧師說了 有矛塞頓開之感
希望你們也喜歡

Man fully alive is the glory of God – St. Irenaeus

甚麼是信?
信 該是我們自然的流露 其實很簡單的 就是回應
這不是那些 咬牙切齒 單憑我們意志力頑強的「信」
啊哈 原來我們都忘記了 誰是主人哩

What is faith?
A deep reliance towards God, willingly flow out from the depths of one’s heart, as one responds to God’s gracious action and invitation in that person’s life.