when you forget that silliness some call ‘Tao’

and distinctions of
‘holy’,
‘secular’,
‘good’,
‘bad’,
‘birth’,
‘death’
begin to disappear, you are closer to the fullness

when you can begin to see the universe as an expansion
of the original unitary calm and order of whatever was
before time and space, you are closer to the fullness

the contentment of one embrace
the awareness of warm tea entering your belly
the sensation of breath passing your nostrils
the shared meal between hungry travelers
perfection is in all this

anger, shock, outrage, grief, sadness, fear, hate
all these arise in everyone
they need not be judged or run from

returning to compassion
returning to breath
returning to gentility, understanding, listening, loving touch
this is the eternal return that is closer to fullness

 

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