Reflections on the Worst Year Ever

All good things must come to an end and so too…bad things.Jason Versey I think that most people would agree that 2020 was the worst year in recent memory. The Coronavirus, relentless political drama, racial injustice, the most named storms in history, murder hornets… If 2020 had been pitched as a movie concept, Hollywood would …

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they can do so much that i cannot

I was deeply moved by this poem, which appeared on the blog Timeless Classics, Poetry and Prose by Ana Daksina. If it speaks to you, too, please show her some love by following her blog.

Timeless Classics

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little blades of grass
can turn sunshine
straight into food

no planting
no weeding
no harvesting
no storing
no killing

sure wish i could do that

king penguins
survive
for six months
of every year
in subzero temperatures
without nourishment
balancing one precious egg
on their feet

how?

that little shrimp over there?
sees in thirteen
primary
colors

this whale
has memorized
the sung history
of its species

and that tree?
just look at it
standing seventy five feet tall
without a wobble…

if somebody around here
really has given
myself and my kind
dominion

well first i think

i’d better
learn
a little respect

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Creativity in the Time of Corona

One of my beloved dharma teachers, Katy Brennan, leads a lunchtime meditation every Thursday at the Kadampa Meditation Center NYC. Because of the pandemic, she now conducts her class via live streaming video. She sent the following dharma thoughts to her core students prior to today's class. It's so beautifully written (no surprise, since Katy …

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