After all the seeming of our trying In an effort to make ourselves big and more important, more powerful more of whatever is more than what we have or what we are now We are still little people who are mortal. Every effort to compare and judge, each time we throw ourselves into competition with another, whatever we think we've won We are still little people who are mortal. When we objectify others, when we engage in war on them, when we rape, torture or kill We become even smaller, less significant and still very mortal. Want to know what makes us bigger? Basically Compassion and Insight are the tools that work best Compassion because it enlarges our Heart-Mind to include all other beings Insight because it grows our perception and understanding of how to be in relation with ourselves, all other beings and the Earth And that I believe is how we may change from always showing up as little people And sets us each on the path to become a Bigger Person though we still be mortal.
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Every time I drive by Jamaica Bay
I look beyond the houses
at the water’s edge
I look to see the level of the tide
though I really have no need to know
Yet it always feels important just to look.
I notice when the waves cover the reeds
that form small islands just off shore
I check to see if any ducks or geese or egret are about.
I find myself a witness to the mood of the bay,
watching how the water lies so still or
how the wind stirs up the waves.
Wondering how the moon can push or pull
the water beyond its normal reach.
I don’t take notes or photographs
I just have pictures in my mind
And I smile
No matter what I find
I feel some reassurance in knowing
that the bay is still there
Even though I don’t know
where I expect it to go.
It’s a wonder to see it
And of course
there’s some comfort too
in the connection that I have
with this place in nature that is so much
bigger than my self.