To see, and not know what
We are so terribly seeking,
What profound simplicity
There can be between the eyes
That are gazing and the world,
The gazed upon, the beloved,
If we let it. If we let it be.
What a pure, unfettered love
It can be, this relationship
Between we who want to know,
And the eternally, sagely known.
Let us forego the violence
Of our need to cast ourselves aside
To be in the arms of love.
Let us instead turn the gaze inward,
Unflinching, even when it hurts,
And throw so much love here
That we cannot help but come awake,
Trembling, excited, for we are here,
In the exact way we need to be,
And we have welcomed ourselves,
So we are finally free.
Our prayers are not for we and they;
We pray because we want to know,
Finally, that the soft and loving places
Where prayers land know no division.
There are places all over the world,
Across the entirety of the map of one heart,
Where we can travel to, wayward at first,
But with increasing sense of purpose,
That will greet us like the loved ones
We now, after ages, know that we are.
They are shrines large and small
Decorating the most modest of habitats,
Honouring the dead and reminding us
That we have never walked alone;
They are the colours, sounds and textures
We can finally recognize for what they are,
Unique as the moon to our stargazing hearts
To our experience of being human,
So that we will never overlook them again.
We close our eyes, join hands together,
We stand where we are, in silent tears,
And know the prayer has brought us here,
The prayer is all around us, ancient, wise,
That it created the conditions of our lives.
– Tammy Takahashi
My Japanese mother-in-law, fondly known as “Mi-chan”, is immensely talented at everything artsy and craftsy, and her sewing skills are second to none. Look at this amazing wallet she has designed/made – completely stitched by hand! And using amazing Japanese fabrics, mostly fine cotton, traditionally hand-dyed … so great and compact for cards.
Do you want a Mi-chan eco-wallet of our own? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
At first glance,
coming into the space,
there is bright light
casting darkness within.
The luminescence overpowers.
It is alluring, mysterious, it blinds.
We can stay here for a moment,
either terrified of the shadows
or subsumed by a desire
to merge with the light.
But everything changes,
And here is the invitation:
(there is a seat waiting for you)
and look through the fiery frame,
to watch the parts slowly appear,
to witness life unfold.
To gaze outward,
with the clear and deep memory
of how this light first penetrated you,
to feel this illuminated self
and the outer spaces as one,
to feel the power and grace
of bringing self to world,
to do what’s needed,
to make things right,
to honour the shadows
and to find the light.
– Tammy Takahashi