Anxiety & Peace

The world – a threat
So many things to do!
So many things that are wrong!
So many dangers that could befall!
Everything must be changed
-Safer, more orderly-
Because “I” am shaken

Is peace truly
A shelter of ego?
An idealized scenario?
Don’t you know–
Everything changes?

Finding joy in existence
Whatever arises
Letting go of ego and planning
Just sitting with
And welcoming
–No fear, rather faith–
Compassion & wisdom

Peace is not something to gain
No ordering of the universe
No forcing one’s will
It’s something to lose
The loss of “my” scurrying about



6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. taishendo
    Mar 04, 2016 @ 10:17:59

    Love your words!

    Liked by 1 person


  2. Brandon Phelps
    Mar 15, 2016 @ 22:04:09

    Yes, but SO difficult to let go and follow the rivers flow. You feel as if you will drown and, so you fight for your life.

    Liked by 1 person


    • zeuslyone
      Mar 17, 2016 @ 18:11:17

      True. I didn’t claim it was easy. I think that the thing is that that difficulty is good to acknowledge and accept as long as it doesn’t keep you from seeing that the effort, the practice, is worth it. Perhaps, that’s precisely part of the affirmation: this is hard, but I keep showing up and doing it because I know that it makes life better. As one of my old professors used to say of Zen, “this is about saving your life”. Isn’t the difficulty worth taking on if that’s what’s at stake? Don’t take this as denying what you’re saying. I’ve been there too, and I know that not everyone will agree with me that it’s worth the effort. However, if these words inspire one person to say that it is worth the difficulty, then I will have considered this message a great success.

      Thank you for commenting and getting me to think through a response.




  3. Brendan Gaylord
    Apr 29, 2016 @ 20:17:50

    Love it!! Keep on writing 🙂

    Liked by 1 person


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