as you walk
there is no destination
the path is from infinite to infinite
the way each step is in this one infinite
you cannot separate or be separate
in fact, deep down
you are This
for you are that intimate with It
the past, the future
there is not
both arise now
do not be distracted from the gift of the present
do not dread potential calamities
do not regret past mishaps
do not hug the fake comfort of past hurts
once in a while look back in now
and see how what hurt so much
is now known as a very holy place
that even the moment of being broken open
was the moment of rebirth
do not cling to plans for tomorrow
let tomorrow show itself
always now ~
the path is dynamic, alive, breathing, like you
not a motionless, pulseless thing laid out to walk on
in fact, you discover you are the path, and all is the path ~
for tomorrow never is
tomorrow always shows itself an illusion
in this way
life is an adventure ~
how could it be boring?
in this wisdom
you live with expectation
in wonderment of what is and may become
in this moment, and each succeeding
the Way meets you
showing you the gifts it is offering
simply for your saying "Yes"
and with "Yes"
you find yourself
out of the way of complaint
living the way of "Thank You!"
you see, you come to know deep down
all Nature is meeting you
giving Itself to you ~
the Way loves you, is loving you ~
all as a Gift
embracing all, as you have been and are embraced
how, then, dear one
could you ever be
truly alone or lost in this world?
how, then, beloved one
could you ever fear death as final goodbye
as though this infinite Life could ever end?
*Brian Wilcox. 'And some say paradise is elsewhere...'. Flickr
(C)Brian K. Wilcox, 2019
Quote from Antonio Machado, in Estelle Frankel. The Wisdom of Not Knowing, cited as from Betty Jean Craige, ed. and trans., “Proverbios y Cantares CXXXVI” [Proverbs and Songs 29], Campos de Castilla (1912), in Selected Poems of Antonio Machado.