Mining for Gold

 

Photo by Bill McDavid

 

I know at times it feels dark and bleak

to encounter the news –

or another day, or life.

I know when you feel uncertain

it’s the best case scenario,

as the more common alternatives are

fear and anger

and hopelessness.

I know that sometimes you wonder

how things could possibly get any worse;

and then they do

and you feel broken

all over again.

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I also know that raging beauty

and unbounded goodness

and decency exist –

not only out right for all to see

but buried like treasure in the hearts of men,

all men.

So please, dear ones,

take my hand,

and let us become miners

in search of it.

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Beautiful People

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Last night I went to a concert at a local bar downtown.  Xavier Rudd, an Australian multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, came to town.  He played to a sold-out crowd of mostly 20-something-year-olds with his well known shoeless feet, laid-back surfer-esque nonchalance, and positive juju.  Just to look at him he seemed to fit right in to our alternative friendly, progressive mountain town.

After the opening act finished his set and we were standing shoulder to shoulder on the dance floor up against the stage waiting for Xavier to come on I took some time to look around the crowd and absorb the scene with a lens of mindfulness.  As I panned the bar all I saw were beautiful people.  Each individually unique face, body type, style of dress, and flashing mannerism were simply beautiful.  To clarify, I’m not talking about visually striking, classically beautiful, physically unflawed, perfectly symmetrical people.  I’m speaking in a broader sense (or if you happen to understand buddhist terminology I’m speaking in terms of the ultimate dimension).  Beauty is an inherent quality we all possess, like goodness.  When our minds and hearts are open to it we can practice to see beauty in every precious moment we are afforded.

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