no obstacleNo obstaclewithstands Love
no poweris greater than powerlessness–Caroline Kroll
My grandmother gave me a small red Bible. A long time ago, my backpack was stolen when I was visiting a friend in Japantown in San Francisco, and the Bible was stolen too. I hope it benefited whomever took it. I still remember the words she had written in notes that she placed between the cover and the book.
One particular note I remember clearly: “Pray for our leaders. Pray for our President. Pray for those who make decisions for others.”
My grandmother never went to college. At one time she worked as a seamstress for $.20/an hour, yes, twenty cents an hour. One of the wisest people I ever met; very humble and very creative, and very joyful. She had done things she regretted and things she was proud of, and these she treated equally and spoke of often. She worked very hard on herself and had a very deep and profound faith that she seemed to question daily.
I wrote this in 1999 when the Bible was stolen, sadly just a few months after she had passed away:
Sorry GrandmotherI am sorry grandmotherI left the Bible in the carsomeone took itI know now what you meanthings and people seem to come and gobut something wonderful staysthank you
Been thinking a lot about my grandmother lately, it was hard to learn she had passed on. Since I had been thinking a lot about her and that little red Bible, I have taken her advice this election season. It’s easy to get worked up over politics. The political landscape is so strange. Sometimes what we are given when it comes to politics seems like it’s deliberately meant to confuse us. We work with what we’re given. So, we approach the pieces individually, see where they fit, and make something comprehensible with what we’re given.
Have decided that at least, there is much potential for growth. So am working to grow some perfect lotus flowers in this muck we call politics this season. Lots of fertilizer, so lots of potential.
So this is today’s meditation/prayer/intention:
Real power is not power over anything.
Real influence is not influence over anything.
“Like unto the infinite worlds in space,
Without coming or going, pervading the ten directions,
Becoming and disintegrating have no resting place,
So does Buddha pervade space in the same way.”
–Avatamsaka Sutra (Flower Ornament Scripture)
no resting placeEveryone really is saying the same thing.
They will never stop saying this eitherMost and many don’t see this.Alpha and Omega = coming and disentegratingthe beginning and the end“The son of man has nowhere to lay his head.”Some come up with elaborate theories,“He must have read this or that, or planned this or that, or been to this place or that.”It doesn’t really work that way.He doesn’t have to read the wordsHe understands the meaningHe shares the same mind.He has a heart.It’s not even about being creativeor rememberingIt’s just being.It is what it is.It doesn’t move.It doesn’t change.
Success is ephemeral and transitory.It’s the tools or the means that survive time’s test.
There is something we never losewhen we finally get good at losing things.–Caroline Kroll