March 08, 2010

The Japanese Garden



Be the still pool.
Let your face reflect the glory,
the wonder.

Be the dragonfly,
silent but joyful.

Be the bud.
Prepare to blossom.

Be the tree.
Grant shelter.

Be the butterfly.
Accept the riches of the moment.

Be the moth.
Seek the light.
Be the latern.
Guide the lost.

Be the path.
Open the way for another.

Be the wind chime.
Let the breeze blow through you.
Turn the storms into songs.

Be the rain.
Wash away, cleanse, forgive.

Be the grass.
Grow back when you are tred upon.

Be the moss.
Temper your strength with softeness,
with mercy.

Be the soil.
Bear fruit.

Be the gardener.
Create order.

Be the temple.
Let the spirit dwell in you.

Be the seasons.
Welcome change.

Be the moon.
Shine through the darkness.

Be the pebble.
Let time shape and smooth you.

Be the leaf.
Fall gracefully when your time comes
to let go.

Trust in the circle.
To end is to begin.

I received this book (In A Japanese Garden, Charmaine Aserappa) from a friend 8 months ago when my life shattered into a million  pieces.  I try to read it everyday. I love the brilliant simplicity of it.  This wisdom gives me power in my life.  I was just going to post one or two phrases, but they are all so relevant in some way in daily life, I couldn't just choose one. I hope the poetry touches you in some way as well. Right now, I feel like the bud, ready to blossom. There are so many exciting (and scary) possibilities laid before my doorstep. I have just to choose the path. How lucky am I to have choices? How lucky am I to start all over again? How lucky am I to be surrounded by people that truly love and care for me? How truly, truly blessed I am. To end is to begin. 

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