40 Days of Radiant Words

Day Thirty Eight

Writing is a habit that I can’t seem to break.  I write every day because it is an impulse and a comfort.  I write so much that I often forget what I have written.  Below is a poem I wrote that I had forgotten all about.  Some time ago, Guru Meher asked my permission if he could share this poem with his yoga students.  That felt nice, that someone liked my poem enough to share it.  So, I am going to share this poem here because I guess this means it is sharable, especially with those who like to practice one minute breath.

One-Minute Breath

Take twenty seconds, now, to inhale:

1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  19  20.

And hold that breath in while you read the following words

over the span of twenty seconds:

 

What words can we speak to Law Enforcement

that upon hearing them Officers

would feel appreciated and at ease to

Inhale for twenty seconds,

Suspend the Breath for twenty seconds,

and Exhale for twenty seconds to

know clear answers

then act?

 

We’d all breathe the breath of sages.

We’d all breathe then act.

 

Now, exhale for twenty seconds and read these words:

 

What words can we speak to Black Men

that upon hearing them they would know their worth,

feel an endless pulse of Deep Respect, and

know that the History of Royal Spirit, the History of True Strength

and the History of Courage course through their veins?

 

We’d all breathe the breath of saints—

Twenty seconds in.  Twenty seconds hold.  Twenty seconds out.

 

the Rest

is History.

 

Now inhale for twenty seconds while reading these words:

 

What words could we speak to the Victims of mass violence

that upon hearing them their Untimely Deaths

and their loved ones’ Grief

could transform into

The Great Gift—the psycho shift—that would illuminate

diamond-mind awareness within

the consciousness of the New Humanity?

 

We’d all breathe the Grief into fearlessness.

 

Now, hold thisbreath—dearMaster of Life

for twenty seconds, and read:

 

What words could we speak to World Leaders

that upon hearing them they would humbly serve

with genuine interest in continually feeding the hungry,

educating the ignorant, providing dignified

health care for the infirm; and, they would

lead with deep sensitivity and clarity so as to

uphold human equality, dignity and contentment

beyond liberty and justice for all?

 

We would all breathe and lead with kindness.

 

Now, exhale for twenty seconds while you read:

 

What words could we speak to Children

that upon hearing them they would rise and thrive—

bold and loving—hearts echoing the sound of ancient tribal drums,

romp dance, be rhythmic and fly with Rhyme

keep Time and Play the joyful beat

Infinity: alive, alive, alive?

 

We’d all breathe and be free.

 

Now, inhale for twenty seconds while you read:

 

What words can I speak to my own heart

that upon hearing them I would be certain that I am

tuning out the neurotic and psychotic noise

of media, of the violent throng;

and, I can tune in to—even intimately touch—

the purity of my own soul?

 

We’d all inhale.  We’d all exhale.

 

Now, hold the breath for twenty seconds while you read:

 

What words can gods and goddesses, the One God, and the

Generating, Organizing, and Delivering force of Creation

speak as one voice

that would be heard by all beings,

and that would reassure us

that, no matter what, we are deeply loved, and

all will be well?

 

May the Creator of All That Is adore the Creation.

 

We’d all breathe.

 

Now, exhale for twenty seconds while you read:

 

If we speak, write, and sing such words,

Who will hear them?

If we speak, write, and sing such words,

Who will understand them?

If we speak, write, and sing such words,

Who would be listening?

And if—globally—we synchronize

our One-Minute Breath

for just three minutes—

just three minutes in the history of this planet—

wonder what new life We could breathe into Creation.

Please join me in practicing this meditation for 11 minutes a day for 40 days:  Meditation to Develop the Radiant Body.

Question for reflection:

What words would I speak, write, think, and repeat if I knew that whatever words I speak, write, think, and repeat must happen?

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