Dear Great Spirit, What Is Love?
Love is the Pure Land.
Love is Nirvana.
Love can wrap its arms around any pain
And soothe it like a parent comforting
A frightened child.
Love is in the breezes that make the trees sway.
Love is in the sun that shines on you
As you come out of the sea
Cold and almost shivering.
And as the sun warms you,
As the sun loves you,
You feel the essence of freedom,
The freedom of your swim in the ocean,
The freedom as you walk out of that sea.
The freedom as you stand on the shoreline
And survey the sweet space all around you
While you feel the water rolling down your body
And evaporating in the heat
As you lay your body down on the towel
You brought to dry yourself off
As you lie there in utter relaxation
And fall into sleep.
A Recovery Blog
This blog is about my continuing recovery from severe mental illness. I celebrate this recovery by continuing to write, by sharing my music and artwork and by exploring Buddhist ideas and concepts. I claim that the yin/yang symbol is representative of all of us because I have found that even in the midst of acute psychosis there is still sense, method and even a kind of balance. We are more resilient than we think. We can cross beyond the edge of the sane world and return to tell the tale. A deeper kind of balance takes hold when we get honest, when we reach out for help, when we tell our stories.