If you understand
that the deepest prayer is
harmony with the Divine Presence,
then be still and enter the prayer
of all of Nature that breathes in you.
© 2015 Dennis Ference
Photo: © 2014 Lily Brock
i celebrate the scab big and small
sacrament accessible to one and all
reminder we are more than machines
equally helpful to beggars and queens
it stays no longer than required
with little fanfare it’s retired
a creation of promise and salubrious dreams
a little miracle built into our genes
so all hail the scab and praise to its maker
in the business of health it’s a mover and shaker
© 2005 Dennis Ference
May your faith
wake from its dull repose
that you may walk again
with wonder and awe
in witness to the Spirit
spilling itself out
lavishly in every direction–
royal rose and creeping thistle,
majestic eagle and miniscule mite,
sturdy oak, delicate fern,
stars, galaxies, oceans,
deserts and domains
unseen under the ground
where you light.
Yes, let yourself be sated
with the splendor and spectacle,
praise and gratitude bubbling
up in your breast.
But finally,…come to rest
in stillness and in silence
until moved with tears
at Love’s unrestrained
excess, you recognize
again for the first time,
the miracle you are.
© 2014 Dennis Ference
off your shoes
and reverence the place.
Shed your too tight skin
and ride the winds that swell
the breast and waken the spirit.
Let your eyes sip and suck,
sate the desire sifting ever the dross
in search of gold. Stake your claim
alongside these others, then dare
go forth alone with courage
to share the fire reignited
deep within your soul.
(An excerpt from the inspirational blog of Bill Tonnis. Check it out at http://www.billtonnismusic.com/.)
The beautiful sunrise; Singing birds; Blue skies; The mind-boggling, expanding size of the universe; A warm hug; Laughter with a friend; The savory taste of your favorite food; The fragrant aroma of flowers; The emotional sounds of your favorite songs; The feeling you get when someone reaches out to you with compassion or forgiveness; What other sign do we need that there is a Loving Source behind it all? Why not drop any cynicism and simply believe? Deep down…there is a Love that refuses to let us go. It is the source of our deep yearning for unconditional acceptance and love. Abide in this never-ending wellspring of Goodness.
A human being is part of a whole, called by us the “Universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness, This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.