Do They See Me?

Do they see me? The ones climbing this tree; do they see me? And the ones that tickle my knee; do they see me? And the ones journeying through this old wooden table in the garden; do they see me? And these ones I carefully avoid stepping on as I mindfully walk this labyrinth; do they see me? These ants, I mean; do they see me? And if they don’t, then what else is out there that I don’t see?

I wonder.

 

 

Songs as Faithful Companions

Joni Mitchell’s ability to carefully choose words to convey emotions is admirable. Two of her songs — Down to You and Shadows and Light — have been my faithful companions since my youth. I guess we are still together after all these years because as I change, I keep discovering something new in them. These are poignant chants that remind me of the impermanence of all things, that change is the only constant in life, that the pleasant does not exist without the unpleasant, and that good and bad, right and wrong, reside in all of us. Great wisdom through inspired, sublime poetry!

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Down to you

(first and last strophes)

Everything comes and goes
Marked by lovers and styles of clothes
Things that you held high
And told yourself were true
Lost or changing as the days come down to you
Down to you
Constant stranger
You’re a kind person
You’re a cold person too
It’s down to you
It all comes down to you

Everything comes and goes
Pleasure moves on too early
And trouble leaves too slow
Just when you’re thinking
You’ve finally got it made
Bad news comes knocking
At your garden gate
Knocking for you
Constant stranger
You’re a brute you’re an angel
You can crawl you can fly too
It’s down to you
It all comes down to you

Joni Mitchell © 1973; Crazy Crow Music

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Shadows And Light

Every picture has its shadows
And it has some source of light
Blindness blindness and sight

The perils of benefactors
The blessings of parasites
Blindness blindness and sight

Threatened by all things
Devil of cruelty
Drawn to all things
Devil of delight
Mythical devil of the ever-present laws
Governing blindness blindness and sight

Suntans in reservation dining rooms
Pale miners in their lantern rays
Night night and day

Hostage smile on presidents
Freedom scribbled in the subway
It’s like night night and day

Threatened by all things
God of cruelty
Drawn to all things
God of delight
Mythical god of the everlasting laws
Governing day day and night

Critics of all expression
Judges in black and white
Saying it’s wrong saying it’s right

Compelled by prescribed standards
Or some ideals we fight
For wrong wrong and right

Threatened by all things
Man of cruelty-mark of Cain
Drawn to all things
Man of delight-born again born again
Man of the laws the ever-broken laws
Governing wrong wrong and right
Governing wrong wrong and right
Wrong and right

Joni Mitchell © 1975; Crazy Crow Music


 

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the official Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.

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Walking at Omega, 2014

Ted DesMaisons is an instructor of the Mindfulness in Schools Project, and a great human being. I feel fortunate for having had him as one of those who prepared me to properly teach mindfulness for children and adolescents. What follows was written by him. Enjoy!

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by Ted DesMaisons:

Simple summer moments can prove so sweet.

I just recently returned from a wonderful retreat at the Omega Institute with Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) luminaries Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli. We spent most of our time in the first few days engaged in mindfulness practice, cycling through sitting, walking, lying down and yoga meditations. Six AM to 9 PM, almost non-stop makes an endurance challenge, for sure, but it also brings a steadier mind and more open awareness. On one of our extended walking meditations, with 100 or so of us spread across one of Omega’s great lawns as the day’s light faded, the heart of the following poem came to me.

Here’s hoping the moment speaks to you as well.

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Walking at Omega, 2014

We move over this open field like
early evening fireflies,
flickering lamps of awareness
in measured motion,
dancing with
the oncoming dark.

Each floats and pauses
under her own power;
Each honors his own track.
Still, we sense each other
in the soft periphery,
conjoined in pulsing multitude.

Surely, we are not alone.

Like any lights,
we, too, will someday extinguish,
falling into
that great darkness
which births
and swallows
all things.

For now, though
—in this moment—
let our hearts rest
in quiet reassurance,
this field of quiet fires
ever available
for those
who choose to see.

~ Ted DesMaisons

Walking at Omega, 2014

 

Early April Mornings in Athlone

Cold air and long shadows. Trees waking up after a long retreat. Fresh bulbs and little leaves decorating branches tired of fighting the winter winds. Pigeons and crows protecting their nests. A coming back to life.

And an infinite number of diamonds floating down the river Shannon, shining jewels that can only be seen in this present moment, but cannot be kept for later enjoyment, just like every single moment of our lives.

~ Piero Falci

Athlone, Ireland, April 2, 2017

 


 

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the official Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as designed by the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.

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Muddy Shoes

By my friend Michelle Miller, Petaluma, 2/9/2017

Walking through the drizzle and mist

I come to a puddle in my path

It seems deep and I’m hesitant to wet my shoes

I might have plans for those later

I skirt the edges of the water as best I can

And am pleased when I emerge on the other side almost untouched

Enjoying the walk now, my pace quickens

And I look around

I feel my body moving through space

I really listen to the birds in the marsh

And I am awake

But there are more puddles up ahead

Deeper

I decide I will not let a little water stop me

And plunge ahead – first ankle deep

Then, taking a brave breath,

Jumping in with both feet,

Splashing, laughing

Striding ahead into my life

My journey continues with muddied shoes

But I am unsoiled

~ Michelle Miller


 

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Two Teardrops

I once knew a little girl
Who opened her heart to me
She shed two teardrops
One of sorrow and one of glee

Teardrops, two
One for the loved one who was suffering
And one for her, ’cause his suffering made her suffer too

Teardrops, two
One for imagining that she wasn’t loved
And one when realizing that she was loved too

I once knew a little girl
Who generously opened her heart to me
She shed two teardrops
One of sorrow and one of glee
Two teardrops that touched me
And turned into three

~ Piero Falci
Petaluma, California
February 9, 2017


 

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Piero Falci loves to observe, reflect, and write. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who not only strives to live a life that matters, but who also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here, if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living, and organizes Silent Peace Walks.

Departing

It’s started

the time to leave once again approaches

and before the body has put on shoes

or opened the closed door

thoughts have already crossed the threshold

racing to their next destination

taking with them precious fragments

of experience here and now

Come back!

Come back!

and together we can savor the gifts

of each pulsating moment

~ Kurt Roggendorf, my friend

Athlone, Ireland, April 2, 2017


 

Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect and write, and who not only aspires to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches Mindfulness Meditation and Mindful Living, and the acclaimed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He leads mindfulness silent retreats and organizes Silent Peace Walks. He lives in Florida, USA. Join his Mindfulness Meditation and Mindfulness Living sessions at Yoga Source in Coral Springs (Sundays at 9:00 AM) and at Shiwa Yoga in Deerfield Beach (Thursdays at 6:30 AM and 12:30 PM)


 

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We Are the Waters of the Great Sea

We are the waters of the Great Sea
Waves brought us here, to these shores
But here we cannot stay, except for a short while
We must return to where we came from
We are the waters of the Great Sea

~ Piero Falci

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Let us begin by being aware of this moment, of what is going on right here, right now. Let us pause and listen to the sounds of the ocean and feel the morning breeze caressing our bodies. Let us, now, as we welcome the fear of death, bring to mind the fact that nothing lasts forever, that everything is impermanent, that all things, in this physical dimension, are being transformed all the time. Let’s allow this inescapable reality of life –, the cycle of birth, growth, decay, and death — to be understood, felt, and accepted with serenity. But let us also remember that we are, at the same time, mortal and immortal, human and divine, independent and interdependent, separated and connected,  many and one. Let us live without fear, knowing that we are not alone. All of us are molecules of an immensely larger, mysterious, and glorious organism. May we be able to evoke the memory of this breeze and these sounds, and recall that we are eternal spiritual beings having temporary human experiences. This shall help us navigate through fearful times with tranquility.

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We are the waters of the Great Sea
Waves brought us here, to these shores
But here we cannot stay, except for a short while
We must return to where we came from
We are the waters of the Great Sea

~ Piero Falci


 

Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect and write, and who not only aspires to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches Mindfulness Meditation and Mindful Living, and the acclaimed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He leads mindfulness silent retreats and organizes Silent Peace Walks. He lives in Florida, USA. Join his Mindfulness Meditation and Mindfulness Living sessions at Yoga Source in Coral Springs (Sundays at 9:00 AM) and at Shiwa Yoga in Deerfield Beach (Thursdays at 6:30 AM and 12:30 PM)


 

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Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

We are what we think. We create our lives and our world based on what we choose to think and believe. What we imagine in our minds is what we get in our lives.

When we start to observe and be more aware of our thoughts, we begin to understand what thoughts are. We begin to understand the thought process, how thoughts appear from nowhere, vanish, and reappear, and how one thought generates many other thoughts. Then we begin to realize that we have the power to be selective, and choose what thoughts we give your attention to. Once we realize that we can decide to give attention to thoughts, ideas, and beliefs that are beneficial to us, and disregard those that are not, our lives become immensely better.

The lives we imagine for ourselves are the lives we live. Our lives are self-fulfilling prophecies.

What possibilities do you see for yourself? What do you expect from your life? How do you see yourself in the future?

Remember that life is full of possibilities. You can be your own greatest motivator or your own greatest inhibitor; it is up to you. Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you are right.

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THINKING

If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win, but you think you can’t,
It is almost a cinch that you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost;
For out of the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you’re outclassed, you are;
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win the prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But sooner or later the man who wins
Is the one who thinks he can!

~ Walter D. Wintle

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To Find the One I Lost

Why did you come here?

I came here to see vapors rising from the lake in these cold mornings. I came here to experience a long, silent, eye-to-eye connection with the young deer before the sun came up.

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Why did you come here?

I came here to remind myself of the life I want to live: a mindful life in which I am awake, alert, aware, and joyfully alive. I came here to harness the courage to change and live this new, simpler life, free from all my fears, my addictions, my cravings, and my aversions.

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Why did you come here?

I came here to immerse myself in the silence, absorb the peace of this place,  and feel happy, content, and satisfied. 

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Tell me: why did you come here, really?

I came here to find the one I lost.

That’s why.

That’s what I came here for.

~ Piero Falci

Omega Institute, June 2016

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Usually, at the beginning of our retreats, we are asked questions such as, “Why did you come here? What has brought you here? Why are you here? What is your intention? What do you want to get from this experience?” After the first round of more obvious answers, we are asked again, and again, and again. “What do you really, really, really want?” and as we dig deeper, truer answers emerge.


 

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