Thursday, 25 September 2014

Original Mind

I want to share with my readers a wonderful verse by the Poet
Gary Rosenthal. It is so lucidly written and so evocative of the simple awareness which is the true, but too often overlooked source of glory, peace and happiness within each and every one of us...

Sunrise in Cairns

How many evenings 
have you turned away?
As if the life you really want
could only begin
once something else had happened, 
something else that was not yet here…

All the unmet conditions
you’ve placed before happiness
have kept you a person in waiting
like someone overlooked, someone
whose time has yet to come,
as if God somehow
forgot to pack you a lunch… 
Right now
a wheel of fortune is spinning
but notice: its center is completely still,
unchanging, completely empty
Bet all your money here
on a clear reception
of that hollowness
a nothing that lacks nothing.
It’s like we have two minds. 
One is conditioned, and conditional…
And it’s filled with drama:
—your anchorless ship ever drawing close
to fearful rocks of lossor hopeful shores of gain. 
But we don’t need all the drama
‐‐or special conditions, for happiness 
to visit and stay awhile. 
It doesn’t need to be imported,
doesn’t need to be Maui 
under a full moon, 
with a special enchanting 
someone in tow. Nor do we need 
all our duckies
finally lined up in a row.
Our original mind 
is already content 
standing in any line, sitting in any chair, 
or parked in an old jalopy
in any Safeway parking lot.  
This mind is empty
of all that clutching
to outcomes and conditions. 
Less picky, more eco‐friendly. 
Just this is enough.

‐  Gary Rosenthal