Being With Nature

The invitation is to accept our thoughts and feelings as how we would accept what happens in nature around us like the sound of birds, the rise of the sun, the four seasons. Inner experiences are after all the outcomes of the mind and body, and we are in turn the product of nature. Acceptance helps us meditate in peace.

Inspired by Margaret Atwood’s poem The Moment.

The moment when, after many years 
of hard work and a long voyage 
you stand in the centre of your room, 
house, half-acre, square mile, island, country, 
knowing at last how you got there, 
and say, I own this, 

is the same moment when the trees unloose 
their soft arms from around you, 
the birds take back their language,

the cliffs fissure and collapse, 
the air moves back from you like a wave 
and you can’t breathe. 

No, they whisper. You own nothing. 
You were a visitor, time after time 
climbing the hill, planting the flag, proclaiming. 
We never belonged to you. 
You never found us. 
It was always the other way round.

Guide: Noelle Lim

Duration: 19 mins

Image credit: Keanu K, Unsplash

Go Gently Into The Night

Jeremy Thomas, Unsplash

The wasted mind, heavy

Clouded by the fog

Sinking into a muddy bog.

The wasted heart, broken

Trampled on

Left on the sidewalk.

The wasted body, decaying

Biding its time

Waiting for the guards of death.

Go gently into the night.

Under the waxing moon of the summer sky

Seek refuge in the awakened heart.

If grief is present

Rain shall fall, soon washed away

For hope to come out to play.

If love is unspoken

Held like secrets in the bosom

Let hearts awaken

For silence to blossom.

If death is near

In seven purities I seek. One day

Before the Awakened one, I lay bare

At the pearly gates, eager to tell my story.

I go gently into the night.

The trees whisper to me

Be of good courage, they say

On a still night, seek meditation

On a rough night, watch the stars twinkle.

The virtuous dedicate their merits. Awakened

Accepting refuge in their hearts. Shining

Like the brightest stars of the Summer Triangle.

They too shall go gently into the night.

Noelle L, 12.06.2020

Surrendering Like An Eagle

Mathew Schwartz, Unsplash

If we remind ourselves of our imperfections

Tell us we’re not good enough

Punishing the fragile ego

Life becomes a suffering.

But what if we can be for changing

If answering setbacks

Means leaving outside the ego

The enemy of courage locking us in a wallow.

Instead, why not surrender and accept

On hand, a willing heart

To life’s irregular cracks and weathering

We’ll see the play of her seasons

And witness the glory of her possibilities.

Let life not beat us down

Instead, accept her grand invitation

To climb onto her big, strong wings 

Like those of the bald eagle

That flies towards the storm

Gliding higher, gathering more strength, more speed

Soaring above rain clouds.

Why let the ego keeps us on our knees

When we can fly above the gust.

An eagle 

Does not dwell on the size of her claws

Nor apologises for her flaws

Instead she opens up to the call of life

Accepting a lift from the stormy winds

Going higher, going further, she becomes more.

Noelle L, 05.06.2020