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Touching the Earth

Pre-dawn yoga. As we flowed from pose to pose, the teacher’s words emerged from the rhythm of her own movement:  “Since we were in the womb…the universe has never stopped… supporting us. That’s why…we are still…alive.”

I knew in my bones it was true. Looking at the moon, wandering the woods, touching the earth, I find that truth again. When I disappoint myself, I know the trees and the sky do not judge. Good or bad, I am held in the web of life and known by an awareness that goes beyond my own. 

The other truth I know is that “surrender rules the gods.” Not in the literal sense of compelling the deities, but in the sense of finding power within through ceding outward control. I think of Shiva lying down on the battlefield where his lover Kali raged, trusting that when she came to attack, she would recognize him and drop her weapons. I think of Odin, pierced by his own spear, hanging on the World Tree to gain the runes.

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  • Archer
    Archer says #
    Thanks, Ted. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    This is great, Archer; it really speaks to me! OM Mani Padme Hum.

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Crush

“I don’t have crushes.”

 

I accepted long ago that my friend has achieved a higher level of consciousness than I. But, seriously? No crushes?

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  • James  Tomlinson
    James Tomlinson says #
    Another brilliant piece, Archer!

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A Bowl of Milk

I picked up the letter with a smile. Inside, I knew, would be a note of support from a yoga school friend. We’d written each other small appreciations during our training, planning to send them a few weeks after we got home. By then we might need something to encourage us as we returned to “normal life”. Hopefully, she’d said something nice.

 

I opened the envelope, unfolded the paper. One sentence leapt out: “I see how hard you push yourself.”

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  • Kari
    Kari says #
    Thank you, Archer. I will try to remember to accept. Why in the world would either of us be not worthy?

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Leaving the Castle

Everything’s perfect. But something’s wrong. 

And something has to change.

We’ve all had that feeling. At various times in my own life it’s led me to drop out of school, become a Pagan, or hit the ashram. Recently, I ran into it again when my coven read the traditional tale of “The Twelve Wild Swans” (as retold by Starhawk). I was struck by how the story of its heroine, Rose, echoed the Buddha’s story—and mine. 

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  • Kari
    Kari says #
    I love your courage and humanity, my friend. I have been struggling with similar issues.

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