Still Poem

 

The birds are still singing
The trees are still blossoming
The sun is still shining

The Five Pines still stand tall
emitting their fragrance

I am still alive
finding inner strength

And you who are still reading my poems,
May you be calm.

 

Blossoms photo color enhanced by StarFire Teja. Original photo by gayulo on Pixabay.

 

Monday Morning Musing on a Virus Pandemic

 

“This is the strangest bird I’ve seen in eight hundred years!”

~ Words spoken by the old demoness Sinhika, as she watched the SuperHero Hanuman (the Hindu Monkey God) flying over the ocean, in Ramayana: King Rama’s Way by William Buck.

Dear readers, greetings from the bird’s nest… I have just one musing this morning: This virus pandemic is the strangest news I have ever heard! I keep thinking of that quote above and wondering if anything this strange has ever occurred on this planet?

This is the strangest bird I’ve seen… ever!

How about you? Are you in quarantine, practicing social distancing? Are you doing any daily spiritual practices to calm your mind and to nourish your heart with love?

Have you ever seen such a strange bird?

With a bewildered mind,
StarFire Teja

 

Photo by Ray Hennessy on Unsplash.

 

Praying for the 3 “C”s!

“The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers.”
~ Matsuo Basho

Dear readers, I cannot hear the resonance of bells coming out of flowers, but I can feel the sorrows emanating from people as we navigate one of the strangest times in human history.

My prayer is for all of us to remain calm and to be of good courage… And, to be of good cheer, when possible.

(Praying for the 3 “C”s! = Calm, Courageous, and Cheerful!)

What is your prayer for humanity today?

With a tender heart,
StarFire Teja

 

Photo by Jaroslava Petrášová on Unsplash.

 

Staycations, A.K.A. Quarantines

“Though there may be many beautiful sights to see, one achieves peace by staying at home.”
~ The Tao Te Ching, as translated by Richard Hooper in his book Jesus, Buddha, Krishna and Lao Tzu: The Parallel Sayings.

Dear readers, are you currently practicing “social distancing” to prevent spreading the virus?

My Mom and I are homebound, trying to make the best of this staycation. Last night she cooked some amazingly delicious plant-based Irish Potatoes!

As stated in The Tao Te Ching, peace can be found in staying home. Each day of this quarantine, we can take some time to do practices for Peace. Sitting in silent meditation, for even just ten minutes, we can focus on sending peaceful energies out to everyone, everywhere!

Hooper translates another similar quote from The Tao Te Ching thusly:

“A wise man is not compelled to leave home and search out grand vistas. He stays home and remains peaceful, above it all.”

No matter how crazy this virus pandemic gets, just keep remembering that deep inside your being is a calm, peaceful place. You can go there anytime through meditation, singing, and other practices.

Dear beings of peace, I pray you are well inside yourselves.

With peaceful intentions,
StarFire Teja

p.s. Yesterday, while lying on the Amethyst Crystal Biomat, I got inspired to up-level my website, changing the tagline to StarFire Temple of Happiness… check it out here: Home Page!

 

Photo by Yoksel Zok on Unsplash.

 

You the Bell

 

“Let this darkness be a bell tower and you the bell. As you ring, what batters you becomes your strength. Move back and forth into the change.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Dear readers,

In my lifetime I have had a tendency to go into regular spells of darkness… But, I have a very strong base of happiness in me, so I know how to create happy moments, even when I’m being battered in darkness!

How about you, is your base of happiness strong?

My dear ones, I sincerely hope that my posts help you to Happy Up. 🙂

With happy hope even in my dark time of grief,
StarFire Teja

 

Photo color enhanced by StarFire Teja. Original photo by Chris Barbalis on Unsplash.