Poem: Deer Park Walking Meditation

Hundreds of feet softly kissing the earth.Mindful full moon dance by children of celestial light whose source crests from behind peaceful Deer Park’s hidden mountain saddle. Dark night’s cotton-cloud haze illuminated by one, then two lunar rings. Most suddenly, poof –focused concentration exits. Enter, monkey mind’s desire, trying to force the sky, moon and rings to be as one. Breathing calm, relaxed, community proceeds up dark, rocky path –noble teacher and sangha answering the silent moon’s calling; listening, letting go, liberating separation, stopping. Hundreds of eyes gaze towards moon’s glow that gently reflects with their forms. Moon, sangha and my perception, chilly shadows among valley and sky, dance joyously in love, harmoniously inter-being.

David Nelson, Compassionate Guidance of the Heart, lives and practices in Flagstaff, Arizona.

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