An Earthworm’s Silence

Earthworm

Earthworm

After the rain

an earthworm traverses the sidewalk,

the clitellum, a dark red band hyphenating the thin satin cord.

The worm seems barely to move

yet progresses quickly to sidewalk’s edge,

slipping down into the grass and sliding over a twig.

I imagine a certain relief.

We step carefully by on our way into the Dome of Silence

while the worm slides off the concrete and onto the earth,

parting the grass and moving through its own world of Silence.

 

Image:

Earthworm – Lumbricus terrestris ID 42103975 © Digoarpi | Dreamstime.com

 

Writing Prompts for May

Flowers at Dreier 2015

Flowers at Dreier 2015

Take ten minutes and respond to a writing prompt. The emphasis should be on unfettered creation. Put the critic’s hat aside for the moment and simply observe the thoughts that flow out. Please feel free to share your responses.

 

Writing Prompt # 7

Mark off one square foot wherever you are, indoors or out, and describe everything you see inside that square foot. Do your observations bring you any realizations? To share your response, click the comment bubble at the top of the page.

Writing Prompt # 6

Identify a place in your past that held great meaning for you. Recreate that place in a piece of writing that draws on sensory and emotional memories. To share your response, click the comment bubble at the top of the page.

Writing Prompt # 5

A knock on the door startles shatters the quiet. Startled, you open the door and . . .. To share your response, click the comment bubble at the top of the page.

Writing Prompt # 4

What is the last risk you took and how did the outcome affect you? To share your response, click the comment bubble at the top of the page.

Writing Prompt # 3

What activity would you like to master in this lifetime? Do you think you will? Why or Why not?

Writing Prompt # 2

Consider the principle “Highest First.” What truly is “highest” in your life, or maybe, what do you place first in  your life?

Writing Prompt # 1 

Flower at Dreier 2015

Flower at Dreier 2015

Imagine you are in a universe where flowers are the intelligent life. Describe the flower you would be. Consider your personality, your gifts, you appearance, your quirks, whatever occurs to you.

Dharma vs. I Ought’a

Time Presses On

Time Presses On

Our lives are full, sometimes too full. We live by the clock, trying to fulfill all the ought-to’s in our life and make good choices. I ought to eat a healthy diet, a vegetarian diet, an organic diet, a non-GMO diet. All of these are good choices, but we can feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices. Sometimes, our ought- to’s may even conflict. I ought to finish this assignment, but I also ought to get to bed on time. Sometimes, our ought- to’s may even conflict. I ought to finish this assignment, but I also ought to get to bed on time. So, how do we make the right choice each time?

The Vedic concept of Dharma can illuminate this dilemma. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi defines Dharma as function or action that is safe, progressive, and sustaining. He adds that action is automatically brought into accord with all the laws of nature if we allow time for rest and activity. He explains that the practice of the Transcendental Meditation® program provides the deep rest needed to bring the individual into accord with the home of all the laws of nature—pure consciousness.

Maharishi adds, however, that rest by itself is not enough. The individual must stabilize that experience of pure consciousness experienced when transcending with good activity. He states that “the technique to really create a situation within us so that spontaneously we will be living our Dharma is to meditate and take it easy.”1 He adds that it doesn’t really matter much what we do as along as it is good activity. And, as we meditate, that choice of spontaneous right action grows, so rest and activity, rest and activity is the answer.

Reference:

1 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Dharma: Transcendental Meditation, Bringing Individual Life in Alliance with the Cosmic Force of Evolution: The Formula to Fulfill One’s Dharma. Advanced Lectures on the Transcendental Meditation Program, Lecture 9: Recorded June 27, 1971,   79 minutes

The quotation and other points from Maharishi occur in this lecture.