The Power of Beauty

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Over each meadow and mountain, our nation awoke today

to a brighter sun,

as some of the chaos

some of the hatred

was pulled away

in our choosing to come together

embracing our healing,

each one of our colors

as if we were flowers holding

the power of beauty

within our hearts.

     

In diversity there is strength.

       

Poetry and Image © Copyright 2020, ancient skies

Note: This is in reference to our elections last night.

The Zen Teacher

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I was listening to NPR (National Public Radio) one day and the guest being interviewed was a Zen Buddhist teacher.

She is also African American and gay. I do enjoy much of the wisdom and philosophy of Buddhism even though I’m not Buddhist.

And this teacher said some things that registered with me. Such as overcoming suffering by an internal change,

by sitting and quieting our spirits, and by love, understanding who we are in the space we’ve been given.

And the change needs to be collective to impact our world.

In my younger days of being a super conservative person of faith, I would have condemned this teacher

and never even listened to her simply because of who she is, but instead I learned some things that day.

My point is we need to listen to people, accept our differences and learn from one another.

Diversity brings growth.

Amen.

     

Writing and Image © Copyright 2019, ancient skies

Note: The teacher is Angel Kyodo Williams