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As the theme of love (see last post) circulates thought my heart-mind, its parameters broaden. My immediate thoughts had been about personal love in its many permutations; tantric loving, say, and all which I think of as spiritual and mystical embracing. Then, working in the new meditation garden behind my house, love for the earth, flowers, plants, so-called weeds even. And for my distant step-mother whose early inheritance is paying for it all. And for X stopping by with a reminder that I’ve missed our café date for the second time(!), then lingering for easy conversation without a trace of reprimand. And for Y to speak of her “unskillful behavior” in the past, thus removing a little weight from my heart. And for a zendo filled with evening meditators who come, as they say, because my house and presence helps them calm their minds. In short, love and loving is all around. What’s missing, it seems, is allowing it to permeate the outer layers of a hardened consciousness.

And for these lines by Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska, 1996 Nobel Laureate for Literature:

Commonplace miracle:
that so many commonplace miracles happen.

An ordinary miracle:
in the dead of night
the barking of invisible dogs.

One miracle out of many:
a small, airy cloud
yet it can block a large and heavy moon.

Several miracles in one:
an alder tree reflected in the water,
and that it’s backwards left to right
and that it grows there, crown down
and never reaches the bottom,
even though the water is shallow.

An everyday miracle:
winds weak to moderate
turning gusty in storms.

First among equal miracles:
cows are cows.

Second to none:
just this orchard
from just that seed.

A miracle without a cape and top hat:
scattering white doves.

A miracle, for what else could you call it:
today the sun rose at three-fourteen
and will set at eight-o-one.

A miracle, less surprising than it should be:
even though the hand has fewer than six fingers,
it still has more than four.

A miracle, just take a look around:
the world is everywhere.

An additional miracle, as everything is additional:
the unthinkable
is thinkable.

source: “Miracle Fair” at image:


One response »

  1. Ahhhhhh…..beautiful! Lots of love to you Peter for writing about love, which in return has reminded me to be grateful for it.

    Your favorite trainer
    ps: Mylene is peter’s personal trainer at


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