In pursuit of Contentment

“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”
― Jalaluddin Rumi

earth chorus

Bask in resplendent sunsets,
hearken to dulcet birds.
Bathe in placid reservoirs,
be cognizant of your words.

Slumber in verdant meadows,
pick wild flowers in the sun.
Frolic in enchanted forests,
with Earth’s chorus become one.

Show concern for the homeless,
share a wholesome meal.
Spend time with the lonely,
till life regains appeal.

Count every blessing,
even the tiniest things.
Occupy each moment,
put some gusto in your wings.

Skip like delighted children,
let the wind blow through your hair.
Be dazzled by the elements,
indulge in nourishing fare.

Let go of all life’s clutter,
pirouette in the rain.
Sing like there’s no tomorrow,
love more that you can contain.

Stop to smell the roses,
always being kind.
Drink of simple pleasures,
imbibe peace of mind.


The dance of Light and Dark

“It is only where the light and shadow meet, we can see the beauty of both the light and the shadow!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan

the dance of Light and Dark

I found a place where Dark and Light,
exchange compliments.
Exposed; they’d fled from the maladies
of discontent.
And in the dark,
Light will say
“I’ll shine your darkened fears away!”
And Dark’s kindness
shrouds the light,
so souls can rest
and regain sight.
Then when at last darkness ends,
Light awakes
and Dark transcends.
They are conjoined in harmony,
where there is found no acrimony.
In symbiosis,
they extol each other,
their breath entwines like formless lovers.
Their dance makes the stars
to shine,
and bodes the winds
to realign.
Because Light knows the
need for rest
and in the dark, deep roots
Without the light, Dark can’t expose
the flaws hidden
in deep repose.
And without the dark,
Light cannot grow
and find its ease
in the ebb and flow..


Messages of peace


There is a light
I can’t always see,
there is a faith
that makes me believe.
The stars in the sky
are unrestrained,
heartfelt devotions
being exclaimed.

Inside my soul
there is a space,
wrapped in my dreams
a warm embrace.
Mysterious sparks
explode in the night,
a veil of love
restoring my sight

Alone in the dark
and thereabouts,
I pray for strength
to banish the doubts.
Celestial beings
on silent wings,
messages of peace
in heavenly things.



The river of Life

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
Jalaluddin Rumi

river 4
The river of life flows abundantly,
dazzling my eyes.
Cascading through my interior,
springs in me arise.
I touch the surface perceptively,
and see my reflection in You.
The transparent shades of majesty,
an irresistible hue.
Streams of living water permeates,
the confluences of my mind.
I let go of all obsessing
and in grace I become enshrined.
As I plunge into sacred moments,
I’m immersed in love’s allure.
Allowing the  river to take me
so that fear becomes obscure.
It fills my empty spaces,
there is no beginning and no end.
A mysterious force of nature,
allowing me to transcend.


Mindfulness Monday

“It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters,”
Amit Ray, Meditation: Insights and Inspirations

monday meditationWaking on the wrong side of the bed,
declined by despair.
Living life in the fold of love,
on a wing and a prayer.
Counting every blessing
as dust falls from somber eyes.
Equanimity grows louder
leaden mood vaporized
Reaching out to the moment
and letting tranquility flow.
Shadows get subjugated,
I’m lit up by an inner glow.
Each waking moment on this planet
has severity of its own.
Looking around at transformed Earthlings,
I realize I’m not alone.

Magical Monday

On Mondays they serve sushi for half the usual price at one of my favourite restaurants. It is on the Knysna Waterfront not very far from where we live.

It’s my birthday today, so I had a good excuse to indulge myself in some delicious Tempura prawns and salmon roses.

The weather was superb and the ambiance even better. There were lots of visitors enjoying the holiday vibe.

This is the entrance to the Waterfront…


You can see how far away Tokyo is…


The restaurants were buzzing with activity…


This is the little drawbridge…


It was a lovely day for a sail…


and the flowers were blooming everywhere..


Mellow Monday


Bitterness shifts
when I gaze
upon sunflowers.
Great Artists come to mind
amid the yellow profusion.

There’s no room for disdain,
in the presence of
such glory!
Discord is expunged,
when butterflies
gather to worship.

The problems of the world
in a gathering
of cheerful daisies.
The bees don’t seem to notice
the dissonance
of society.

I turned off the news
last night,
and listened to the singing
I heard the chorus of amphibians
breaking through
the darkness.

Can I make my abode in nature,
where disorder
has no meaning?
Where each particle that falls
holds a sacred purpose!