December 18th, 2019

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Lalla - To learn the scriptures is easy

To learn the scriptures is easy

by Lalla

English version by Coleman Barks
Original Language Kashmiri

To learn the scriptures is easy,
to live them, hard.
The search for the Real
is no simple matter.

Deep in my looking,
the last words vanished.
Joyous and silent,
the waking that met me there.

-- from Naked Song, by Lalla / Translated by Coleman Barks

Poetry Chaikhana | Lalla - To learn the scriptures is easy

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I've spent the last hour updating my profile and going back through some of the old Memories. 

Sadly, one of the people who I first reached out to is no longer with us, but it was very touching to, once again, read his beautiful, loving words.

I know it's easy to knock social media but then again, it doesn't take much to remind me that when it works, it's one of the most touching, thoughtful things to come into my life.



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Art is nature

I must and will start producing more video content in 2020. Here's a very short clip from my YouTube channel featuring the one and only 'Alfie' — daughter #3's dog.

I'm very lucky to live where I live and the stream featured in this clip flows into (eventually) the River Dart made famous in the poem, Dart, by Alice Oswald.

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Make me happy

We all want it: happiness.

But it's elusive; it comes; it goes.

And yet, still, we think if only we can adjust our circumstances then, eventually, it will be ours for the taking.

Dream on. 

Think of it like this: you are not your thoughts; you are nothing and, at the same time (believe it or not!), everything. 

And, sure, that makes no sense against the backdrop of our every-day, ordinary lives but you only have to look to your direct experience to realise that there's something more in motion than the sum of our thoughts.

I know, I know, it all seems so remote (this non-dual machinery) from what we've to deal day-to-day but then again, when we sit and rest in awareness, we realise that everything we assumed was real is simply a moving, shifting experience.

If you're unsure what I'm referring to ask yourself this: why do we ascribe a meaning to things, including thoughts, feelings and emotions, when EVERYTHING changes? 

Nothing permanent remains the same, ever. 

OK, Ju, I get it but how does it help me?

It doesn't but if you're willing to let go then perhaps in time you might come to realise that life flows and the sooner you swim with the current rather than resisting its irresistible flow, the happier you'll be.