Wild Geese- Mary Oliver
Wild Geese- Mary Oliver

“You do not have to be good./You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on... Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean (see link for remainder of poem) Image by Marco Midmore- Unsplash

Rumi, too
Rumi, too

“They try to say what you are, spiritual or sexual. They wonder about Solomon and all his wives. In the body of the world, they say, there is a soul, and you are that. But we have ways within each other that will never be said by anyone. This human shape is a ghost made of distraction and pain. Sometimes pure light, sometimes cruel, trying wildly to open, this image so tightly held within itself. Stay in the company of lovers. Those other kinds of people, the Image by Lena Varzar, Unsplash

Rumi-
Rumi-

“A lover has four streams inside, of water, wine, honey, and milk. Find those in yourself and pay no attention what so-and-so says about such-and-such. The rose does not care if someone calls it a thorn, or a jasmine. Ordinary eyes categorize human beings. That one is a Zoroastrian. This one, Muslim. Walk instead with the other vision given to you, your first eyes. Do not squint, and do not stare blankly like a vulture.” [Rumi] Rose image by Tiffany Nguyen, Unsplash

Remember- Joy Harjo
Remember- Joy Harjo

Excerpt: "Remember the plants, trees, animal life who all have their Tribes, their families, their histories, too. Talk to them. Listen to them. They are alive poems. Remember the wind. Remember her voice. She knows the Origin of this universe. Remember you are all people and all people Are you. Remember you are this universe and this Universe is you. Remember all is in motion, is grown, is you..." Follow link for full poem Image by Anastasia Krutota- Unsplash images

Nurturing Energy- Sun Bu'er
Nurturing Energy- Sun Bu'er

Nurturing Energy (the same for men and women) The basis starts out uncontrived; Unexpectedly it falls into the temporal. As soon as a cry issues from the mouth, The tongue is in control. What's more, it's worn out by sense inputs And entangled by illness. When the child is well nourished, it can benefit the mother. Talk no more of not turning around. from "Immortal Sisters: The Secret Teachings of Taoist Women" trans. by Thomas Cleary

March & April Schisandra
March & April Schisandra

Schisandra berry- Schisandra chinensis (five flavor fruit) "Schisandra isn’t typically used as a food. But it has been used for medicinal purposes throughout Asia and Russia for generations. "In traditional Chinese medicine, Schisandra is considered beneficial to qi, the life force or energy inherent in all living things. It’s thought to have a positive impact on several meridians, or pathways, in the body, including the heart, lungs, and kidneys." Read more by following the link below:

February- Mugwort (Artemesia vulgaris)
February- Mugwort (Artemesia vulgaris)

In Chinese Medicine, used in moxa, where it is burned, much like incense; the smoke travels through meridians, regulates qi and blood and promotes heat/ expels. It also has analgesic properties. For disease prevention, as a tonic that helps bolster organ health and immune system. Treats: menstrual issues, pain, insomnia, liver tonic, digestive issues, and more. Western variant: Artemesia ludoviciana; not to be confused with Wormwood Artemesia absinthium, also medicinal, used differently

Song of Myself, Walt Whitman
Song of Myself, Walt Whitman

[Image:Jaio Ferrao, Unsplash] (Excerpt) "Stop this day and night with me and you shall possess the origin of all poems, You shall possess the good of the earth and sun, (there are millions of suns left,) You shall no longer take things at second or third hand, nor look through the eyes of the dead, nor feed on the spectres in books, You shall not look through my eyes either, nor take things from me, You shall listen to all sides and filter them from your self." Click link for the whole poem...

I Ching Readings 2021
I Ching Readings 2021

Weekly Hexagram (s) for study and meditation