The Root of Violence

I am not a Buddhist or a Christian.
I am not a White or a Black.
I am not the Rich or the Poor,
nor the Male or the Female.
I am a Person.
And when you impose on me
one of these labels
instead of seeing
who I Am,
you have committed
the first murder,
the violence of Cain.
You have abstracted me
into your political
Listen friend,
the root of our violence
is not our guns,
not our poverty,
not our distinctions of
race, religion, nation, class,
not capitalism or socialism,
The root of our violence
is a lazy habit of mind,
the habit of projecting
a stereotype,
a generalization,
instead of engaging 
in the courageous work
of seeing the Soul.
I am not the group
you need to blame
in order to make yourself
feel "right."
I am not one of "them."
Look, gaze at Me.
I am an impeccably delicious,
radically new,
indomitably unique,
and dangerously
radiant reflection
of your Self.

Rest In The Heart, Then Perform Action

The most ancient and universal practice for spiritual regeneration is to rest the mind in the heart.

From the ancient Shiva Sutras of India to the Philocalia – writings of Orthodox Christian masters on the 'Prayer of the heart' – meditation guides of East and West have lauded the practice of resting in the heart as a graceful cure for our violent, anxious, and separate mind.

In truth, the state of our mind determines the quality of our behavior. Their teaching is, first restore wholeness in the heart-center. Only then can we project this wholeness into healing action.

Hridayeh chitta sanghattad drishyas svapa darshanam: One who merges the mind in the Heart perceives this world as it truly is: a projection of consciousness." ~Shiva Sutras

"Sink down in silence into the depths of your heart and call more and more upon the radiant Name of Jesus. Everyone who does this will experience, at last, the Inward Light." ~ 'Way of a Pilgrim'

“Meditation is the heart's silence, free of all thoughts. There the heart breathes God.” ~Hesychius of Jerusalem

“So long as the mind remains in the head, where thoughts jostle one another, it has no time to rest on one point. But when attention descends into the heart, it attracts all the powers of the soul and body in one center. This unity of our life in one pure center immediately reflects in the heart as a special sensation, faint at the beginning, then becoming gradually stronger, firmer, deeper… And so in due course our attention to the heart, by its own vigor, gives birth to an effortless Warmth.” ~Theophane the Recluse
"God was meant to be our breath. We were meant to be healthy and full of life by breathing into the heart the loving power of God." ~Fa. George Maloney

LINK: 'Prayer of the Heart'


This Too Is Action

The furious often mistake the power of meditation for passivity. Thus they lose the advantage of resting in the silence of the heart to re-create the world through a secret breath.

Photo by Aile Shebar