seventh precept: mindful & joyful living
Do not lose yourself in dispersion and in your surroundings. Practice mindful breathing to come back to what is happening in the present moment. Be in touch with what is wondrous, refreshing, and healing both inside and around you. Plant seeds of joy, peace, and understanding in yourself in order to facilitate the work of transformation in the depths of your consciousness.
in the midst of this change couraging exploration
the sixth precept reminds me to transform myself
the seventh to look for beauty
often muddled forgotten or shortchanged
like this assignment becomes drudgery
I shift windows to something mindless entertaining
as I cast disparaging thoughts on my 14 hours remaining
til compelled completion
and then I am struck
that I am writing a poem about my life
these buddhist boons have been buzzing my brain
for weeks now
I integrate them
what a joy!
so am I "in touch with what is wondrous, refreshing, and healing
both inside and around" me.
this assignment is meaning
that I am
"plant seeds of joy, peace, and understanding in myself in order to facilitate
the work of transformation in the depths of my consciousness."
these personal parables
this is only the synthesis
the loving reflection has been long
other stuff on page 8
has been changed the way I lead my life
(turning it all into a web page is icing
on this consciousness cake -
and so will I invite
the web wide world
to this prajña party!)
sixth | interbeing | eighth