The sky is the ultimate Zen Garden
A path of clouds lead to a new moon and beyond.
New to Full Moon
Young to Old
All seemingly defined
Into your palm
If I were to place a seed
of a new moon…
Could you dare
throw it to the hungry sky
Poems of the Moon
Long long ago:
Moon and Earth were one
Until shattering of celestial hammering
Left two dancing where once was one.
Setting a tempo for life to come.
But that was long long ago
She wined with sages of old
leaving them drunk upon her light.
Men wanting to have more,
only the emptiness of her embrace.
But that was long ago.
It’s a busy life.
Rockets to build.
Humanity busily pounding outwards while…
Societies ebb with human tides.
No time for poetry
as life becomes tied, to fulfilling orders.
But that was this morning,
already lost in the afternoon press.
I will dance with her
Knowing we will be eclipsed
Our motions moving us on
to get lost in earthly shadows,
leaving me to walk alone: yet fulfilled.
But tomorrow will be nothing,
for those chained to consuming the earth now.
Casey Kochmer Feb 2008
The Water Lily blooms
Under the Moon
No words are ever said
The two converse lightly.
In open face greeting
The moon coming down to the lily.
I simply watch
Moved and then leaving
Two lovers alone
Casey Hilo 10/23/2009
More About the Moon
The moon is very important in the history of Taoism as a teacher. In dancing with Luna a person can discover how to fulfill the nature of emptiness.
Many sages and poets have danced with la lune. The tempo of her tides drives life on Earth.
Additional Lunar Poems
Barn’s burnt down
I can see the moon.
Mild and moist
were the months of spring;
Cool and clear
is the white season of autumn.
Now the dew congeals,
no longer drifting mists.
The sky is high,
the landscape sharp and clear.
Soaring peaks rise
from yonder mountain range
Seen from here,
their lofty beauty is unsurpassed.
deck the woods with splendor;
The green pines
stand in rows above the cliff.
I admire their beauteous grandeur,
Elegant and lofty under the frost.
Holding my wine cup,
I toast to the mystics
Who once roamed along the pines.
Searching for the essence
I have not yet acquired,
I await the rising moon.
T’ao Yuan-ming (365-427 CE)
Having gazed at the moon
I depart from this life
with a blessing
Chiyo-ni’s poem at death in 1795
This way and that way
I tried to keep the pail of water together,
Hoping the weak bamboo would never break.
Suddenly the bottom fell out.
No more water
No more moon in the water
emptiness in my hand.
How can we not dance with her?
Jet engines Push A steel grey night Twilight An illuminated moon Biting the clouds The colors do the speaking Fading sun pushing pink to space Ice white moon puncturing Darkening blue -sea blue- sky Riding over Clouds Tearing apart the peace of blue -- Soon to descend -- But for this moment alone It's the moon's light That keeps me high above the sky Tonight
Casey Kochmer Nov 2005
10,000 feet over some corn fields, I spent some time dancing with Luna.
To explore space, is to dance upon the clouds of our dreams.
To be ourselves is to go beyond merely dancing upon the ground.
Dare to embrace the wind.
Meet with Luna
Be lifted to go beyond her.
bringing to men a chance to rest
from looking at the moon.
At times it’s best
to lose focus on the destination
to be here and now…
Clarity is important
but it doesn’t change the distance you walk
if upon an endless spiraling path.
We can always rest
to our own heart.
A Clear Starting Point
Spiritual Seekers often get lost in definitions. Trying to nail down something which often seemingly is undefinable. So how do I resolve this? I provide a simple starting definition.
Spirit represents the movement of life.
That simple statement all of a sudden serves as a starting point anyone can use to make a spiritual path accessible. You start moving.
- For some their path will be filled with facts, figures and building upon a kaleidoscope of discoveries to base their life upon.
- For others it will be a process of release, letting go of everything to embrace the entirety of the universe.
- For others still, it will be a back and forth process.
Yet for all: movement of their life, of how to embrace the search to be whole. This is actually a spiritual journey. To open up such a path, it can be as simple as accepting
The movement of your life
Now from here, you can build upon that in any fashion you find best. A Taoist follows their smile as a guide, leads with the heart, frames interaction with kindness
People are often afraid to become spiritual, to explore the spiritual aspects of their life. However, in reality, it’s as simple as moving in your life. Any motion.
Depths of Spirit
A spiritual path is limitless. This is why it’s important to learn how to rest in your heart (so you don’t exhaust yourself by always running). To not over-focus on anyone destination that has gotten your focus in any given moment.
For the most part people “tread water” when dabbling spiritually, to live at the surface of their practice.
It’s interesting since from one perspective all the various spiritual practices achieve the same goal, appearing to be the same. From another perspective, they split life apart as a prism/kaleidoscope to lead to discoveries of truth; letting a person relax into a simplified and clearer state of mind.
So ask yourself first: What is a spiritual path?
A month ago I talked about the poetry of release that a spiritual path represents. But often, spiritual journeys require the process of release to create room for motion in life.
To dive deeply into spirit is to release more deeply.
This can lead to a mistake: seekers can dive too deeply too fast, releasing more than they bargained for in the process. This also can cause panicked actions when one feels the “bottom” fall out as one release. But don’t let this warning scare you since, in truth, our core nature is always complete.
The point of all of this chat is as follows:
At midlife transformation, you find several common threads. The most common one is that many people discover spirituality. It makes sense since in midlife transformation people release much of their old selves. This process of releasing old viewpoints & lifestyles typically kick-starts a spiritual search for people in midlife transformation as spiritual paths are also all about release.
So what do you discover when undergoing such a journey?
You release into yourself. To find yourself.
The question then is how deep will you go to discover yourself.
(No right answer exists for this.)
This journey goes beyond words, leaving behind the poetry of life itself.